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Do Women Have to Pay Alimony in Divorce?


Our founder, Laura Wasser, was recently quoted in The New York Times in an article entitled, "The Paradox of Alimony for Men".

The article starts, "When it comes to alimony, the law is blind to gender."

" 'What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, that’s how family law works,' said Laura Wasser, the California lawyer representing the singer Kelly Clarkson in her high-profile divorce.

Even though the Supreme Court ruled that alimony is gender neutral in 1979, Ms. Wasser said that women have still been surprised to find themselves doling out spousal support. 'What amazes me is that many bright and sophisticated women don’t realize they will have to pay,' said Ms. Wasser, declining to comment directly on Ms. Clarkson’s case."

Several recent high-profile divorce cases have shown that the courts are more than willing to grant alimony when the woman in the relationship earns more. 

The article continues, "Another reason that men being awarded alimony can come as a surprise is because it doesn’t happen that often."

You can read the rest of the article here.