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Younger and older people feel differently about alimony

How do you feel about alimony during divorce? Your answer may largely depend on your age.

Alimony, also called spousal support, is essentially when one spouse has to continue to pay the other monthly financial support even after a divorce. It can be a bit controversial. As you can imagine, the spouse who is ordered to pay often does not want to do so, especially if he or she was not the one to file for divorce in the first place.

When financial experts asked older couples what they thought of alimony, most of them felt that it was useful and had a place in modern divorce law. Some of these couples were even involved in second marriages already. They felt it was useful when one person had little or no income of their own.

When younger men and women faced the same question, they often said that alimony was antiquated and no longer needed. They felt like it was something that should have been left in the past. Many of these people were not yet in their forties.

One potential reason for this change in view could be the changes in the workforce. It used to be that men usually worked and women did not. Older generations may still cling to this idea. Modern couples often both work, so it is harder for them to see the need for alimony. If they both have a job and an income, they feel that they can be individuals and take care of themselves.

No matter your point of view, it is important to carefully consider all of your rights and obligations during a divorce.

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