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The marriage buyout : the troubled trajectory of U.S. alimony law / Cynthia Lee Starnes.

By: Starnes, Cynthia [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Families, law, and society series: Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2014]Copyright date: ©2014Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780814708477; 0814708471.Subject(s): Alimony -- United States | Alimony -- Economic aspects -- United States | Alimony -- Social aspects -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Marriage buyoutDDC classification: 346.7301/663 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Who cares about alimony? -- Alimony's heritage : the helpless, the blameless, and the clean-break losers -- Alimony and mother myths -- The contemporary state of alimony -- Alimony in context : a comparative perspective -- Reasons matter : alimony, intuition, and the remarriage-termination rule -- The search for a contemporary rationale -- A marital partnership model: alimony as buyout -- Beyond alimony : lovers, parents, and partners -- Conclusion.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Who cares about alimony? -- Alimony's heritage : the helpless, the blameless, and the clean-break losers -- Alimony and mother myths -- The contemporary state of alimony -- Alimony in context : a comparative perspective -- Reasons matter : alimony, intuition, and the remarriage-termination rule -- The search for a contemporary rationale -- A marital partnership model: alimony as buyout -- Beyond alimony : lovers, parents, and partners -- Conclusion.

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Alimony was the traditional support husbands paid to their ex-wives. Yet beginning in the 1970s alimony was attacked by many as a sexist or unjust reward for lazy women as no-fault divorces emerged. Starnes (Michigan State Univ. College of Law) provides a historic overview of alimony, detailing its evolution, justification, and criticism overtime. The first part of the book reviews the history of alimony, grounded in old legal theories that the interests of women merged with their husbands and therefore the latter had a perpetual duty to support them. This section also discusses the decline of alimony with changes in marriage law in the 1970s and the many myths that surround spousal support. Parts 2 and 3 discuss how current alimony law operates and the crisis in theories justifying it. The last part of the book offers a new theory of alimony as a buyout for stay-at-home moms who have been partners in a marriage and who have forgone income in return for raising children. This delightfully written and informative book on an overlooked subject is suited for collections on family law, feminism, and gender politics. --David Schultz, Hamline University

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