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The Marriage BuyoutThe Troubled Trajectory of U.S. Alimony Law$
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Cynthia Lee Starnes

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814708248

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814708248.001.0001

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(p.169) 9 Beyond Alimony

(p.169) 9 Beyond Alimony

Lovers, Parents, and Partners

(p.169) 9 Beyond Alimony
The Marriage Buyout

Cynthia Lee Starnes

NYU Press

This chapter discusses a co-parenting partnership between committed couples who share children. Disentangled from the marriage partnership, the co-parenting partnership provides a conceptual basis for income sharing between divorced parents of minor children and a solution to the vexing problem of the disparate costs of post-divorce caregiving. It argues that family law must expand its understanding of commitment to include both intimate and co-parenting partnerships, and refine its vision of divorce as a tool for ending some but not all commitments between married parents. Disentangled from the marital commitment, the co-parenting commitment provides a compelling basis for new default rules that recognize divorced parents' joint liability for the full costs of parenting shared children.

Keywords:   divorce, alimony, marriage partnership, co-parenting partnership, caregiving, income sharing

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