Some Ohio residents may be surprised to learn that nearly 40 percent of married women earn more than their husbands. Many people believe that the closure of the income gap is beneficial for women, however, there is one unanticipated consequence. Increasingly, women who divorce are being ordered to pay spousal support to their husbands - and they are not happy about it. It is well known that many men do not appreciate having to pay a spouse after the relationship ends, so it is not surprising that many women feel the same way.
Spousal support was introduced because of the separate roles in a marriage. The men worked, and the women stayed home. When a marriage ended, the women often had no skills or ability to provide for themselves, and therefore needed assistance. Alimony was the court system's way of legally recognizing that the female partner had given up her right to earn a living and that there is some value in that decision.