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More women paying child support and alimony

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
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Survey of Nation’s Top Attorneys Cites Increases During the Past Three Years

Chicago, IL, May 8, 2012 — This Mother's Day, it appears that an increasing number of moms will be setting aside time to sign child support and alimony checks. Overall, 56% of the nation's top divorce attorneys say that they have seen an increase in the number of mothers paying child support during the past three years, while 47% also note a rise in women being responsible for alimony throughout the same time period, according to a recent survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML).

"The court system always ends up reflecting changes in our society and this is certainly the case with issues regarding who pays child support and alimony," said Ken Altshuler, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. "As more women achieve success on their career paths, they are also finding themselves increasingly responsible for financial obligations during and after the divorce process."

In all, 56% of AAML members cited an increase in mothers who pay child support, while 44% said no change, and there was not an observed decrease. Additionally, 47% have noticed an increase in the number of women paying alimony, while 53% said no change.

About AAML

Founded in 1962, the mission of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) is to provide leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law.

Comprised of the top 1,600 matrimonial attorneys throughout the nation, members are recognized experts in the specialized areas of matrimonial law, including divorce, prenuptial agreements, legal separation, annulment, custody, property valuation and division, support, and the rights of unmarried couples.

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