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The marriage buyout : the troubled trajectory of U.S. alimony law

Author: Cynthia Starnes
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, 2014.
Series: Families, law, and society series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : ON ORDERView all editions and formats
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From divorce court to popular culture, "alimony" is a dirty word. Unpopular and rarely ordered, alimony awards are frequently inconsistent and unpredictable. The institution itself is often viewed as a historical relic that harkens back to a gendered past in which women lacked the economic independence to free themselves from their husbands. In short, critics of alimony claim it has no place in contemporary visions  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cynthia Starnes
ISBN: 9780814708248 0814708242
OCLC Number: 984278366
Description: x, 225 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Alimony reflections. Who cares about alimony? --
Alimony's heritage : the helpless, the blameless, and the clean-break losers --
Alimony and mother myths --
Alimony mechanics. The contemporary state of alimony --
Alimony in context : a comparative perspective --
Alimony theory. Reasons matter : alimony, intuition, and the remarriage-termination rule --
The search for a contemporary rationale --
Alimony reform. A marital partnership model: alimony as buyout --
Beyond alimony : lovers, parents, and partners --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Families, law, and society series.
Other Titles: Marriage buy out
Troubled trajectory of U.S. alimony law
Troubled trajectory of United States alimony law
Responsibility: Cynthia Lee Starnes.

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From divorce court to popular culture, alimony is a dirty word. In short, critics of alimony claim it has no place in contemporary visions of marriage as a partnership of equals. The author argues  Read more...

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"Professor Starnes rigorously analyzes our outmoded, gender-imbalanced approach to the financial effects of marital, cohabitant and co-parental relationship dissolution. Her devastating analysis Read more...

 
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