Less / No Alimony Awarded
- You also have more women in the marketplace, not to mention women in powerful positions in the workforce. More women than ever before are out earning their husbands and, that can disrupt the balance of a marriage if it is not what both parties signed up for.
- This realization of both partners being breadwinners is reflected in many states beginning to limit the amount of spousal support that one spouse will pay to the other for his or support. The reformation of the alimony laws in New Jersey and Massachusetts are great examples of the states recognizing the need for change. It seems there is talk of numerous other states (including New York) putting into effect a formula for post-divorce maintenance which would also limit the years a spouse is to receive maintenance.
- Should the trend continue to diminish maintenance awards, it will have a serious impact on the way that matrimonial practitioners structure their cases. It may also have some a trickle effect on other aspects of the workforce. Many people will be more nervous to depend on his or her spouse for financial support during a marriage.
Increased Demand For Childcare Industry
- It could also have effects on the childcare industry as more and more people will opt to have their children in daycare rather than stay home so as to maintain a presence in the workforce and preserve their earning ability. On the other hand, with technology as advanced as it is, maybe businesses will be more and more open to flexible hours and working from home to facilitate the balance for working parents. Only time will tell….
Technology Making Cheating Easier
- I also believe that with more and more cheating apps hitting the market, it makes it easier and easier to have an affair.
- All of these elements combined leads me to believe that divorce will be on the rise in 2015.
Jacqueline Newman is a Family Law Attorney & Managing Partner at Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd in NYC. Ms. Newman’s practice consists of litigation, collaborative law and mediation. Jacqueline specializes in complex high net worth matrimonial cases and negotiating prenuptial agreements. She has appeared as a commentator on various television shows and has been quoted as an expert in numerous publications, including Glamour Magazine, Crain’s New York Business, U.S. News and World Report, Woman’s Day and The Huffington Post.