Opinions on Alimony
September 2, 2017
Should alimony be maintained as it is today? If not, what kind of face should you adopt?
Dr. Smith: I think the question of whether the compensatory allowance should be maintained is more a question of its basis than of its form. At first glance, one can doubt the interest of its maintenance because it is a legal device that may seem to have emerged from another age, knowing that today women have largely invested in the labor market and that the foundations of divorce are no longer solely those of fault. However, from an economic point of view, there are arguments that justify maintaining this type of transfer, at least in some cases.
Among these are those in which one of the couple has reduced their professional activity, changed their involvement in the labor market to take care of the children, while the other spouse has continued his career normally while benefiting from the domestic investment made by the other.
Limited involvement in the labor market can be problematic.
An expert weighs in on the matter. Indeed, to reduce one’s professional activity for several years is the cause of a loss of earnings when one resumes normal activity: the chances of professional progression are diminished and the rates of remuneration are lower, compared to an individual who would have maintained its activity without discontinuity When the couple remains united, this cost is lower because there is a pooling of resources. The one who has slowed down his career benefits from the income of the other.
On the other hand, in the event of a break-up, the cost becomes effective for the spouse who made the adjustment, while for the other the cost remains painless, even though he / she has had the time spent by the couple the education and upbringing of children. In case of break, this cost could be shared between the two members of the couple. The compensatory allowance would then correspond to the financial participation of the person who has not stopped, to compensate the other.