Alimony laws need an update
By Elizabeth Benedict
Published: Thursday, March 29, 2012 12:01 PM EDT
What happens in family court usually stays there, hidden from public view. But when divorce strikes, we soon find out how antiquated and arbitrary our alimony laws are and how easy it is to drown in legal bills because of them. Egregious alimony awards can lead to years, sometimes decades, of acrimony. Instead of acting as co-parents to our children, these antiquated laws easily turn divorced parents into lifetime adversaries.