Income inequality, alimony and divorce

Experts agree, the family structure in Massachusetts and throughout the United States is changing. A high school degree is no longer enough to land a well-paying blue collar position that promises a cushioned life. These economic shifts impact more than the number of people who are living at and below the poverty line, they also impact divorce cases, when disparity of income applies.

Those who have a higher education and a college degree are less likely to experience divorce when compared to someone who only holds a high school diploma. This is due to the fact that there are often few benefits to entering a marriage when one is already successful on their own. In cases where both individuals hold college degrees, income is often equal and stressors within the marriage are significantly lower.

In some situations, only one spouse brings in the income that supports both individuals and any children that they may have, even if they both hold college degrees. This might be due to the working spouse’s career choices or other circumstances that ultimately cause the unemployed spouse to stay home. When these couples experience divorce, the spouse that has been home may be entitled to receiving spousal support from the other.

Contributions to the marriage are a determining factor in deciding if alimony will be required from one spouse, but a disparity in income can also play a significant role. Divorce cases in which alimony is paid are becoming more frequent with changing family dynamics and the overall economic situation within the United States. If you have additional questions, speaking to an experienced attorney could be beneficial.

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