November 01, 2012 Family Law

Current Trends in Alimony Law

Laura W. Morgan

The economic, social, and cultural factors that have changed our views of marriage have shattered our once cohesive understanding of alimony. The law of alimony is in the midst of an identity crisis. It was well understood a generation ago; today, however, it often is seen as a relic of earlier times. Our reluctance to abolish alimony entirely shows that at some level, in some cases, it must serve a very important purpose.

 

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