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  •  Agreed, alimony needs serious reform (1+ / 0-)
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    Sparhawk

    He gets to keep his shit. She gets to keep her shit. If one party doesn't have any shit, then tough shit.

    A good friend of my parents got screwed by the judge during his divorce. He was working 3 jobs to pay his ex wife alimony and child support, while she had just inherited millions of dollars from her parents right after the divorce. She didn't spend a dime of the child support on the kids, and he couldn't afford a good lawyer to handle the case and help him out.

    There was no adultery in the relationship, no abuse, nothing. Just 2 people who decided it would be best to split. I don't see why she deserved any alimony.

    TEABAGGER: Totally Enraged About Blacks And Gays Getting Equal Rights

    by yg17 on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 07:00:30 AM PST

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    •  that's not the standard (3+ / 0-)
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      myboo, DianeNYS, i like bbq

      no doubt your friend got screwed.. .and yes there needs to be reform.  

      But that's not what this bill is about.  

      I know of two instances where the wife didn't work or wasn't allowed to work, and the husband ran off with someone.  IN both cases, the husband didn't want to pay for the kids because the wife might get her hands on it.   In both cases, the husband was very wealthy.

      PS-  I hope your friend appealed.

      The Seminole Democrat
      Waking up Florida one person at a time

      by SemDem on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 07:24:59 AM PST

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    •  It's always the stories of men getting screwed (2+ / 0-)
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      DMiller, SemDem

      that somehow make it into the national consciousness. The countless women who subsist on crumbs along with their kids, while their exes find all kinds of creative ways of never parting with a cent of their considerable incomes? Those somehow get ignored. I wonder why that is....?

    •  Oh, and yeah, HER labor (2+ / 0-)
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      DMiller, SemDem

      helped him earn "his" shit. Because "women's work" is still invisible, unpaid, and scorned as "something anybody can do."

    •  Point of info (0+ / 0-)

      Inheritance is not considered generally in divorce.  Modern divorce considers the couple to be an economic partnership and property they accumulate by being married together, is divided equally.

      But if one spouse inherits lots of money that's excluded because they didn't earn it together.

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