Here is the second in a series of Divorce Corp polls. Please vote only once. We will post the results after we have received a statistically significant number of votes.
And here are the results, accurate to within + or – 6%
There are now 2 wage earners in approximately 80% of US families. The old model of homemaker / breadwinner has changed. It is now the exception rather than the rule. Yet our family laws still presume that there will be a homemaker who needs alimony support after a divorce, and this presumption allows the divorce lawyers to expend countless billable hours investigating incomes, benefits, retirement plans, ability to earn a deemed income, and other factors that have no relevance to the average modern American couple.
We are not advocating that alimony be eliminated for existing married or divorced persons; but we do recommend that statutory alimony be eliminated for marriages going forward unless the couple enters into a private dependent support agreement. Those couples who wish to live a traditional life style may provide for alimony contractually. But it should be a routine part of the average American divorce process.
Why have our State legislatures not eliminated the homemaker / breadwinner presumption, given that the model no longer fits the majority of current marriages, and creates an enormous expense for those going through divorce? Laws should help the general public, not just a group of wealthy professionals. When a law’s purpose is no longer relevant to the vast majority, and where that law causes there to be an unnecessary transfer of income from the middle class to a wealthy class of professionals, it should be eliminated.
Join us in our reform efforts! Let’s let our legislators know that it is time to change this law. Join us at www.divorcecorp.com/reform.