There used to be a time when it was extremely uncommon for women to pay child support or alimony. When this did happen, it often involved a celebrity or other individuals with high net worth. In today’s world, from California to Florida, a growing number of women are paying child support and/or alimony.
According to a Pew Research Center study conducted last year, in the United States, the woman is the primary breadwinner in 40 percent of households with at least one child. Furthermore, one out of every four households in the U.S. is led by a single mother. Not only has this changed the role of the father, but it has done the same in the event of a divorce. It is becoming common for the mother to pay child support and even alimony when she is the family’s primary breadwinner. Statistically speaking, the nationwide rate of “deadbeat moms” is equal to the rate of “deadbeat dads.”
While every state has its own set of laws for determining who will pay child and spousal support, as well as the amount, there is a definite trend for women to be among those paying. Factors taken into consideration for the payment of child support include the length of the marriage and the other person’s ability to pay.
In today’s day and age, women have achieved greater parity to men in the workplace. For this reason, women are often now earning as much, or more, than their male counterparts. As a result, some men in the relationship are staying home to care for the children. The trend is likely to continue, and the courts will see more women paying child support and alimony.
Source: Communities Digital News, “More women paying child support, spousal support” Myra Fleischer, May. 27, 2014