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Can men get alimony?

As women attain more success in the workplace, some husbands have changed over to the role of homemaker or make significantly less than their souse. If you are in this situation, and you are thinking about getting a divorce or are in the process of one here in Michigan, you may not realize that you may be eligible for alimony.

Alimony, or spousal maintenance, is one way the state protects you after a divorce and can provide you with the ability to pursue education or a new career. Reuters points out that here in the United States, three percent of men received spousal support in 2010. However, that number may be much higher as attorneys report that more men are beginning to ask for it. While male pride appears to have kept many from invoking this legal right, the reality of their situation is now persuading them to put that pride aside.

One man’s wife was a surgeon and always on call. The man says he deliberately chose a career that would allow him to spend time with their children. As a result of that decision, his income was much less. He decided to ask for alimony and was granted $5,000 a month. While the judge, a woman, did not appear to feel that he should receive the support, his ex-wife did not object to the request.

When a court is asked to grant alimony, it usually will look at factors such as you and your spouse’s overall health, age, economic situation, contribution to the marriage and length of the marriage. If you can show that you cannot financially support yourself or that your lifestyle will be dramatically different from how it was when you are married, you may have a stronger argument for receiving alimony. However, this is only for educational purposes and should not be construed as legal advice.

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