Alimony is getting a hard look in many states where the laws have not been reviewed in decades. Activists for reform of spousal maintenance argue that marriages are no longer unequal economic partnerships. Some advocates are arguing for alimony to be done away with, while others believe limits are the answer.
A study recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau reveals that less than half of custodial parents get the complete amount of child support they are due. About 25 percent receives no child support, despite having formal or informal agreements with noncustodial parents.
The decision to divorce brings about profound changes in both people's lives. Experts are quick to point out that one of the most long-lasting changes and challenges of divorce, especially for spouses who have not worked outside the home, is the financial one.