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Should you refuse alimony? Think carefully before you do

In today's world, it's common for both men and women to work. While it was common for men to be the breadwinners in the past, the same is not always true today. In a divorce scenario, that can create unusual tension, especially when it comes to spousal support.

Normally, when two people can support themselves independently, they may decide that spousal support is unnecessary. In some cases, the higher-earning spouse will simply provide a lump sum of cash to the other party, so they can boost their living conditions or have a nest egg to fall back on.

However, there are cases where one party may fight having to pay spousal support. There could also be cases where one party refuses to take it.

Spousal support is there to be an equalizer. The goal is to provide for a lesser-earning spouse, at least for a short time. Normally, it's given to those who have given up their careers or spent significant time or money supporting their spouses' careers.

Should you reject alimony?

If you are the lesser-earning spouse but are able to support yourself, you might think that rejecting alimony will win you favor and help your negotiations. Keep in mind that you may be entitled to alimony, and you shouldn't dismiss the idea just because of guilt or knowing that you can get by without it. You should speak with your attorney and learn about the options that you have, so that you make a strong financial decision in regards to the alimony payments that you may be entitled to.

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