Women in the workplace have become so commonplace that when stories like this hit the media cycle, it's hard not to smack one's head and think, "Of course!" Writing for Time, Liza Mundy, a fellow at the New America Foundation, discusses this emerging segment of angry women who have become mad at the judicial system. Why, you ask? Have they been wronged in some way? Well, in their eyes they have—they've been made to shell out alimony payments.
It was bound to happen—currently close to 40% of working women out earn their husbands, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With such a rising number, and no indication that the number of divorces will soon decrease, many divorce lawyers have to deal with men asking the women to pay alimony. One of Mundy's friends is a divorce lawyer who is knee-deep in the trend, and found a surprising nugget.
"Among her divorce clients, she said, more and more were women who found themselves ordered by a court to pay spousal support to ex-husbands. "And boy," she said, "are they pissed."
Mundy's piece is commenting on another Time article that lays out a movement afoot in America. There is a wave of alimony reform sweeping across the U.S. and the surprising people who are helping to affect that change: women. They are looking to change formulas on payouts, and an end to life-long alimony payments.
Do you think there should be a change in the way alimony is currently being awarded?
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