What percentage of divorce ends in spousal support?
- KellyLv 71 month agoFavourite answer
It's quite low and when it is, it is often temporary.
Spousal support really is only ordered when a spouse has a disability or illness that prevents them from working and that happened during the marriage or has a kid with a disability... this is often long term.
Other situations where it is temporary is usually when one spouse hasn't worked due to raising kids, etc... or they might worked but are low income and not able to immediately provide for their self fully.
Usually a spouse working or staying home was a decision that was made as a couple. My husband and I discussed it before getting married and revisited the topic each time we had a baby. My husband always let it be my decision because he was and still is indifferent if I worked or stayed home, he can very comfortably provide for us on just his salary. He was supportive either way I went.
A colleague of my husband was just ordered to pay $15,000 a month in spousal support in addition to child support and he has to buy her a house too plus other marital assets. His wife has stayed at home and the spousal support was due to the lifestyle she's accustomed to living. He is a plastic surgeon who makes 7 figures so to him this really isn't that much and she was with him when he was broke. Guess she hired the better lawyer (and he paid that too).
BTW men can and do get spousal support too. Men are normally ordered to pay it more often because men generally make more money but not always.
Marital laws are the same regardless of gender.
- FoofaLv 71 month ago
Alimony is far more rare than it used to be back when the average wife had no income to speak of. But it's no longer unusual for a woman to be paying that to a man either. So it all depends on the situation. If both spouses work and earn roughly the same there's almost never alimony ordered.
- rickLv 71 month ago
I don't have access to statistics. Among friends, acquaintances, and coworkers, I haven't heard of anyone getting spousal support since the 1980s.
- DavidLv 61 month ago
Close to ZERO now. Women wanted equal treatment. They got it. Now they are expected to get a job after divorce.
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- bondLv 71 month ago
In USA? Very very few. Only in rare cases where they have been married for many decades and the spouse is unable to work or support themselves.