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The Marriage Buyout: The Troubled Trajectory of U.S. Alimony Law

Cynthia Lee Starnes


From divorce court to popular culture, alimony is a dirty word. Unpopular and rarely ordered, the awards are frequently inconsistent and unpredictable. The institution itself is often viewed as an historical relic that harkens back to a gendered past in which women lacked the economic independence to free themselves from economic support by their spouses. In short, critics of alimony claim it has no place in contemporary visions of marriage as a partnership of equals. But this book argues that alimony is often the only practical tool for ensuring that divorce does not treat today's primary car ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780814708248
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814708248.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cynthia Lee Starnes, author