Not so long ago a typical divorce resulted in the mother getting the house and the kids, and dad paying both child and spousal support while only seeing his kids every other weekend and on alternating holidays. Times have certainly changed! With more and more women entering the workforce, the financial equality between spouses has evened out, or even seen the wife earning more than her husband in some instances. In these situations, it is not uncommon for the woman to pay spousal support rather than be on the receiving end.
The purpose of spousal support is to level the financial playing field between the parties, so that a stay at home parent can have the time they need to conduct a job search. With women making up nearly half of the working population, there are bound to be cases where the wife is the breadwinner. But does the trend for the requirement that women pay support match the statistics? Take a look:
- Women make up 46% of the workforce, yet only make $0.78 for every $1.00 a man earns.
- When reviewing professional positions, the gap in the difference in pay for men and women widens.
- 59% of workers making less than $8.00 per hour are women.
The impact of these figures, combined with the increase in cases where women pay spousal support, is that the true goal of financial equality is not met. To reach a fair result, several other factors must be considered when arriving at an amount of spousal support, and determining who makes the payments. Whether the couple has minor children, and where they live is one of the largest factors in this equation, and the property distribution split is a close second. In order to reach results that make sense and fit the facts of your case, consult a trained family law attorney today. We are here to help you reach satisfactory results in your divorce case, and stand on solid financial ground in the future.
If you have questions about spousal support, consult a qualified legal professional. Let us put our experience to work for you. Call The Sampair Group in Phoenix and the West Valley today to schedule your appointment.