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Are men in Georgia ashamed to receive alimony?

Historically, when couples in Atlanta divorced, women were very concerned that the end of a marriage would mean poverty. And back in the day, that concern was likely valid: women made far less than men, if they worked outside of the home at all. A divorce would mean that they were cut off from that source of income and they would be forced to get a job, possibly for the first time ever. It was this situation that led to the creation of alimony.

While alimony in Atlanta and Georgia has historically been associated with women, 37 percent of married mothers earn more than their husbands and it is not really clear how many married childless women make more than their husbands. This means that there are many men in Atlanta who are eligible for alimony, yet if the statistics for Atlanta are the same as the rest of the country, only 3 percent of men are receiving alimony.

Why won't men ask for alimony? There are some people within the family law field who say that men feel emasculated by asking for alimony, in part because it goes against the tradition of alimony and because they already felt bad for making less than their wives. Although this may just be a deep-seeded sexist view of relationships, there are still many men who would rather be scraping by than receive a monthly allowance from a former wife.

For those men who do choose to file for alimony in Georgia, they must make sure they are working with an experienced family law attorney because there are still many judges before whom it is difficult for men to ask for alimony. Some judges are immediately suspicious when men request alimony, as they think that men are merely seeking revenge against an ex-wife.

Source: Source: Huffington Post, “Why Don’t More Men Ask for Alimony?” Joseph E. Cordell, June 26, 2013

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