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Manimony: Alimony for men

Pew Research stated that in 2012, there were nearly two million stay-at-home dads -- almost double that of 1989. Why the change? Some modern households now rely on the wife for financial support. Today, women can be the "breadwinner," and many females have a higher earning potential than men. This means men can take care of the home and children. So, what happens when you file for divorce and you no longer have the financial support you once had from your wife?

Alimony can help

Alimony, also known as spousal support, is the process of supporting or receiving financial support from your ex-spouse after your marriage has dissolved. Alimony terms can be settled outside of court or determined by a judge. As women climb the corporate ladder, more men are staying at home. Therefore, we are seeing a rise in "manimony" when men get alimony.

Do you qualify for "manimony?"

You, along with many other men, may not be aware that you are qualified to receive alimony payments from your spouse. How long and how much "manimony" you can receive is dependent on various factors, including the following:

  • The length of your marriage
  • Your standard of living while married
  • Whether you have forgone career opportunities
  • Your contribution to the household (including non-financial contributions)
  • Whether you suffer from a physical or mental disability

"I don't need to be taken care of...by my ex."

Many men disregard the idea of receiving alimony because they don't want to accept help or rely on their ex for financial support. Feeling ashamed or embarrassed about your financial situations is a common sentiment among men, but "manimony" is more common than you think. Do not minimize your contributions to the home you shared with your ex. You should get the payments you deserve as you prepare to enter the workforce and take on a new life.

Times are changing along with gender roles, so you should feel comfortable and confident asking for support payments. If you are unsure whether you qualify for alimony, seek out professional advice or legal counsel. A lawyer can provide you with more information.

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