As more and more women in Texas and across the U.S. move into higher-level careers they seem to be coming closer to breaking the proverbial glass ceiling. Data from the Digest of Education Statistics show that an equal number of men and women in the U.S. are receiving medical degrees. In 1980 women made up only about a third of those receiving medical degrees.
Apparently it’s true that you can’t always have your cake and eat it too. With more women taking advantage of opportunities to work in fields such as medicine, law, higher education, and working in executive positions, they are also making more money. As a result, if their marriage ends in divorce, more women than ever are being asked to pay alimony to their former husbands and to make child support payments.
Although many women are happy about the career opportunities open to them, many are upset when they are ordered to make child support and spousal support payments. “The glass ceiling has been pierced and more and more women have taken over the financial responsibilities and have been saddled with them as well. It is a fact of the way our society has evolved over the last number of years,” said the president-elect of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Although our society has evolved in certain areas, some things remain the same. The divorce rate, for example, has hovered between 46 and 53 percent for decades. The major shift is the responsibility each party has to providing for the other after the split.
Source: Huffington Post, “Alimony: Women Increasingly Paying Alimony To Their Ex Husbands,” Patricia Reaney, May 10, 2012