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Many women complain that they are discriminated against, yet they consider this fair. Let this sink in for a moment: "men accounted for 97 percent of the payers in alimony cases in 2008." How many women will stand-up against this discrimination? Is it crazy for a man to get married with these kinds of risks?

FTA: "Steve Niro got married in 1981 at age 23 and divorced less than five years later... Niro remarried nearly 15 years ago, but he's still paying his alimony. Two years ago, Niro's youngest son graduated from college, ending child support payments and leaving his former wife with alimony of $65 a week. "The next thing I know, I get summonsed to court for alimony adjustment," he says. A probate court judge increased the alimony to $700 a week even though the couple had divorced nearly a quarter of a century ago - five times longer than they were married... Critics charge that the Legislature has avoided the issue for years in part because drawn-out divorce litigation is lucrative for lawmakers, many of whom are lawyers... The current law sets no formulas or guidelines, saying only that the length of the marriage, assets, occupation, and employment aspects will be considered in setting alimony... Rudolph Pierce, a lawyer and former judge, was in a similar bind. Divorced for 10 years, he’d been paying $110,000 a year in alimony. When he retired two years ago at age 65, he assumed that he would no longer have to pay alimony. But a judge merely reduced his payment, to $42,000 a year... men accounted for 97 percent of the payers in alimony cases in 2008."

Years and marriages later, they still pay


Original posting by Braincrave Second Life staff on Jul 21, 2010 at http://www.braincrave.com/viewblog.php?id=268

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