Spousal support, also referred to as spousal maintenance or alimony, can be awarded to one spouse in a divorce in order to help that spouse to maintain the lifestyle that he or she had become accustomed to during the marriage. Many factors are typically taken into account when determining whether spousal support is appropriate and, if so, how much should be paid.
We are continuing our discussion of the results of a recent poll about marriage and divorce. The researchers talked to 1,500 Americans and asked respondents to name the primary reason they chose to divorce. As we said in our last post, the reason cited most often was abuse.
In our last post, we started talking about a group of mothers and organizations from different states, including Illinois, who have taken their argument with the U.S. courts to an international body. This group petitioned the InterAmerican Commission on Human Rights, claiming that U.S. courts have violated their human rights by granting custody and unsupervised visitation to fathers who have abused both the mothers and the children.