By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
It does happen. Wives earn more money than their husbands. Like the song says, what does love have to do with it? There are high powered executive women who do pay alimony to car mechanics. Here’s why:
In long term marriages of 13 years or more, and where the major breadwinner of the family is and has been the wife, chances are better than 50% that the husband will collect alimony, if the wife has historically and consistently been earning 20% or more than the husband.
The law of alimony is need and ability to pay. If the husband can prove need and the ability of the wife to pay for his support, then alimony will be awarded, provided the husband meets many of the 30 statutory factors in an alimony award. Some of those include contribution to the marriage, age and health of the parties, lifestyle during the marriage, duration of the marriage, education levels of the parties, employment opportunities available and relative incomes of the parties.
The biased attitude is: what kind of man would accept that. However, there are many women who cheat on their husbands. It’s a gender neutral world in the eyes of the law.
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