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  •  What about the choice of the married couple? (2+ / 0-)
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        In many marriages, especially those of evangelical Christians, couples choose to have the woman stay home and raise the children while the man earns the living.  So, under your theory of marriages in the 90s, assume we have a couple who married in 1995, and further assume the wife has a college degree.  But she has stayed home and raised two children, who are between 10 and 15 years old.  Child support will not cover the support of the children and the wife (especially since the wife is expected to contribute in most states).   The wife's college degree is almost worthless due to lack of a career.  Don't you think it is now fair that the husband continue with the agreement made by the parties that wife stay home and care for the children to their majority?  Wife has given up years of earning power and it is not easy to get back into the work force.  In a long term marriage, maintenance is a way to equalize income.
       Also, every state will have a method to modify maintenance. If wife earns good money or husband suffers a decrease in income, these will be reasons for a modification.
        Lastly, what is so ridiculous about paying child support of five or six figures a month if the parent earns so much that is possible?  Just because the parents are divorced, the children should not get punished. As you are aware, those instances are very rare.  

    "This isn't for the ones who would gladly swallow everything their leaders would have them know". Mary Chapin Carpenter

    by malenda on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 10:36:58 AM PST

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