Marriage is supposed to be a life-long union and expression of commitment between two people and this is what many who enter into marriage believe. These are the very factors that give sense to the phrase, “til death do you part.”
Sadly, not all marriages turn out to be beds of roses as some couples eventually lose the affection or end up having interests that slowly carry them farther and farther away from their spouse and family. To be able to move forward and pursue the happiness they seek, some file for divorce, completely ending their union, but definitely not the concept of the “til death do you part” phrase. How?
Many of those who marry, more commonly women, give up their profession or career to be able to take full care of family matters. Thus, in the event of divorce, those who have sacrificed education or professional growth usually find it hard to keep up to the present business trend or even find an employment that will allow them to enjoy the standard of living which they enjoyed prior to divorce. Thus, the court awards these individuals permanent alimony, which the financially-capable spouse will have to pay to them on a basis (monthly or lump sum) so decided by the court – so long as both are alive or until a major change in the circumstances of each (such as loss of job of payor or re-marriage of payee).
In 2012, however, some states have begun to reconsider their laws on permanent alimony. This is due to the fact that there are many who have been required by the court to make such payments (there are some who have been making the payment for decades) despite a very short marriages. Some alimony recipients even live with a new partner, but never remarry in order to enjoy continually receiving support.
Other reasons for the reconsideration include the harm which payment of permanent alimony has made on the financial situation of some of the payees, the equal opportunity the payee has to education, training and chance to find a high-paying job, and the opportunity of the payee to earn even more than the payor.