According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, many attorneys have noted an increase in the number of women paying spousal support. That’s a sharp departure from the norm in place decades ago, when men traditionally paid alimony and women were almost always the recipients. The shifting statistics suggest great things about the ability of women to advance in the workplace, although many Florida women are surprised to learn that they will be required to pay alimony after a divorce.

Research suggests that women are the primary earners in four out of 10 American families. In those cases, husbands who set aside their own career goals to support the needs of the family are often entitled to spousal support. That’s especially true in the case of fathers who remained in the home to raise children.

A 1979 Supreme Court landmark decision created the rule that alimony payments should not be based on gender. Since that time, the courts have also moved away from permanent alimony, a concept that was once the norm. In today’s world, men and women are expected to pay spousal support based on an evaluation of their family dynamics, not based on gender roles.

So, for Florida women who find themselves tasked with paying alimony, there may be light at the end of that tunnel. Alimony payments are no longer meant to provide a lifetime of support to the recipient. Instead, spousal support is intended to help the recipient cover expenses while he or she transitions back into the workforce. There are, of course, exceptions such as spouses who are disabled, but the general approach is one aimed at fair and balanced spousal support.

Source:, “More women are now paying alimony and child support“, Meera Jagannathan, May 17, 2018