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Research Finds Evidence of Greater Gender Equality in the Divorce Court

New research from the United States has revealed that family courts are adopting a more gender neutral approach to the payment of financial maintenance in divorce cases

According to a survey of its members by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 54% cited an increase in the number of mothers paying child support during the past three years, while 45% have also seen a rise in women being responsible for alimony.  In addition, 78% noted an increase in parents having shared custody of children.

“While men have almost always expected to pay alimony, many women still have a very difficult time accepting that this financial obligation might fall to them,” commented Madeline Marzano-Lesnevich, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. “Unlike with previous generations, there are now many more two income households with parents who serve as equals in taking care of the home and raising the children. This current reality is certainly being recognised by the courts.”

She also highlighted that above all, it is essential for women to understand that divorce courts have become a gender-neutral place where numbers and the bottom line will ultimately influence any decisions regarding who pays alimony and child support.  

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