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Are ex-wives earning more than ex-husbands in Missouri?

An intriguing new study illustrates an increasingly common aspect of divorce in St. Charles and throughout the country. The study shows that more than ever before, women are compelled by divorce courts to pay their ex-husbands alimony or spousal support. Often these days, as divorcing couples divide their marital property and count up their debts and assets, the greater earning power of the wives is factoring largely in the calculations. This observation marks a notable shift in society as well as divorce proceedings.

In a nationwide survey of divorce lawyers, nearly half of the respondents reported an increase in the number of divorced women who are required to pay alimony to their ex-husbands. Additionally, more than 50 percent of the respondents said they had witnessed a spike in the number of women who were paying child support. That means men are more frequently being granted child custody.

These statistics reflect the fact that more and more women are being hired for well-paying jobs. In turn, divorce courts have decided that women, when they earn more than their ex-husbands, should pay a fair share of alimony.

Whatever your gender is, dividing property in a divorce can be an emotional and tedious task. An accurate inventory of assets is necessary, and Missouri residents who are going through a divorce will want to be sure that all of the other party's income is accounted for. If a divorce settlement is to be equitable, financial liabilities and assets must be transparently displayed for the divorcing parties to see and agree upon.

Source: Reuters, "Divorce courts mirror society as more women pay alimony," Patricia Reaney, May 10, 2012

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