Can Men Receive Spousal Support?

Illinois divorce lawyerIn the past, women were always the recipients of spousal support. However, in recent years, more and more men have been receiving alimony. This is mainly because there has been an increase of working women climbing the corporate ladder as well as an increase of stay at home fathers.

Today, wives earn more than husbands in one-third of all marriages. If a man is going through a divorce and their partner earns more than them, they may be entitled to spousal support. Men usually seek spousal support for the following reasons:

  • Their wife was the breadwinner so they gave up their career to be a stay at home dad and care for their children.
  • To allow their wife to grow their career, they made sacrifices.

How Do Women Feel About Giving Spousal Support?

Some women want to be viewed as equals in the workplace and believe that it is fair for them to pay spousal support if they were the primary breadwinner in their marriage. Other women, however, do not like the idea of paying alimony.

They feel that men should be responsible for providing for the family and their partner should be able to support themselves on their own. In some cases, a man’s inability to provide for their family was the reason for the divorce and women do not feel it is fair for them to provide their ex-spouse with spousal support.

Barriers to Men Receiving Spousal Support

While men may be entitled to spousal support in some situations, there may be some barriers to them receiving it. Some of these barriers include:

  • Stereotypes about the roles of men and women that make men hesitant to ask for financial help.
  • Women who believe that men are responsible for being providers may fight against paying spousal support.
  • Judges may be unconsciously biased and tempted to decline spousal support for men or limit the amount.

Although these barriers exist, men should know that they may have the right to receiving spousal support and should seek legal representation to learn about their legal options.

Contact an Experienced DuPage County Divorce Attorney

Spousal support is a complicated topic that must be handled by an experienced divorce attorney. If you are a man or woman seeking spousal support, it is in your best interest to reach out to our Hinsdale divorce attorneys. We can evaluate the specifics of your case and ensure your rights are protected. Call us today at 630-920-8855.


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