Tuesday, April 3, 2007

The Feminine Mistake

Gone are the days when a divorced woman only married for a short period of time could collect alimony payments until her remarriage or death. Its much more common for alimony awards to be limited in scope, based on the short term length of the marriage, and the woman's ability to be self-sufficient. I often encourage my female clients who have taken time away from a career in order to take care of their children, to get back into the work force as soon as possible. Many judges will not award a young woman any alimony if she is capable of being financially self-sufficient, but is choosing not to as a result of wanting to care for her children. Therefore, I think its important for all woman to understand the need to be self-supporting so in the event of a divorce, or injury/death of their spouse, they will be in a position to take care of themselves financially. A recent book called "The Feminine Mistake" chronicles this very issue and is sure to create debate and controversy for all women. If you would like to read an excerpt from this book, you can do so at: http://parenting.ivillage.com/mom/workfamily/0,,bfw4zv4p,00.html?par=todaypp

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