Alimony is a hot button issue in many Georgia divorce cases. Who is entitled to what can cause great stress and tension between separating couples. However, the majority of divorce proceedings end with women being awarded alimony payments from their husbands. It is not necessarily because an ex-wife presented a better case, but simply because many men do not ask for alimony payments.
Alimony has gotten the reputation of being something that women need after a divorce in order to maintain their way of life. However, in today’s society, a record number of women are earning larger incomes than their ex – or soon-to-be ex-husbands. Nevertheless, the percentages are still high for the number of men paying alimony.
Many men feel that asking for their ex-wives to send them money somehow degrades their masculinity or implies that they are unable to take care of themselves. Gender is not a specification that judges are obligated to consider when awarding alimony, so it is simply a social stigma that has deemed alimony to be a sign of weakness. That is not to say that if a man asks for alimony then he will automatically receive it. Anyone hoping to gain alimony must prove there is a reasonable need.
Receiving alimony payments should not be seen as an embarrassment but as reasonable compensation. Men should not give in to lopsided social ideas simply because they fear ridicule from others. By looking into Georgia divorce proceedings and alimony laws, more men could be finding that they are entitled to much more than they were expecting as they go through a separation.
Source: Huffington Post, “Why Don’t More Men Ask For Alimony?” Joseph E. Cordell, June 26, 2013