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Family Law

Current Trends in Alimony Laws

The Swinging Pendulum

Since the time that fault-based divorce fell into disfavor, and no-fault divorce became commonplace, there have been significant ebbs and flows in the nationwide trends of alimony. Now there has been yet another trend in alimony nationwide, commonly referred to as "alimony reform."


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Deriving from the Ecclesiastical Courts in England, alimony or spousal support is the concept by which one spouse (traditionally the husband) provides financial support to the other spouse (traditionally the wife). In its initial iterations, fault was required to be granted a divorce, and thus, the notion of fault became necessarily linked to the concept of alimony.

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