This chapter turns to theories of alimony offered by contemporary scholars in search of a rationale for the remarriage-termination rule. Contemporary scholars have long struggled to explain alimony in an age of easy divorce and equality rhetoric, but there is still no consensus on the answer to the questions: Why should anyone be forced to share income with a former spouse? If divorce severs the tie between spouses, if each spouse is entitled to a clean break and a fresh start as no-fault laws teach, what is the rationale for alimony? Most theories of alimony focus primarily on one of three interests: (1) a claimant's contributions to the other spouse (contribution theory); (2) a claimant's expected gain (gain theory); and (3) a claimant's loss (loss theory).
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