Luckily, I have not personally been affected by the screwy divorce laws here. I do think that there's something wrong with this Canadian disposition. Anybody who is on half an Advil once a week for "pain control" isn't seriously disabled.
I have no problem with women who elect to stay at home and be home-makers whether they have kids or not. Obviously, there's a risk there if the union collapses. Even then, it doesn't take more than 2 to 4 years to get a degree or certification in something. I can see support during that period. I just can't see unending support.
Of course, there's an upside to all this. If divorce and living together both become equally burdensome, maybe more people will make more sensible choices in their mates and be more motivated to repair problems in their current relationships instead of chucking it all for Ms. or Mr. New.
While I don't ever agree to carte blanche permanent alimony, he obviously screwed up. Guidelines like that do not pop onto the horizon. Any good attorney would have known what was coming down the pike and formulated a settlement agreement keeping that in mind.
If you have never been married or divorced, you do not have a clue. Besides, marriage is a twofer. If the woman wants a divorce, why should the man be crippled financially?
I've never managed to come out ahead in a divorce. I clearly need more practice.;)
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