Tuesday, July 24, 2007

CA: ex-hubby must keep paying alimony to ex-wife in domestic partnership

A judge in California has ordered an ex-husband to continue paying his divorced ex-wife alimony despite the fact that she has entered into a lesbian domestic partnership and even takes on the other woman’s name. A judge in Orange County ruled that the domestic relationship is a cohabitation, not a marriage.

In this case, the refusal of the legal system in most states to recognize gay marriage (and the supposed moral grounds for refusing to recognize it) worked against the financial interests of a heterosexual man and former husband. There is the old saying, “Be careful what you wish for, you might get it.”

The AP story “Man Must Pay Partnered Ex-Wife Alimony” appeared in the Lafayette IN Nation/World on July 23, 2007.

Alimony, of course, is a relic of the days when most men were the sole support of their wives and children, and where the complementarity of labor and capabilities was supposed to generate the long-term sexual commitment.

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