But that will soon change. What with the numerous legal issues demanding male responsibility before and after the divorce process, men have found a way to get back on their wives. This means more and more men initiate the legitimate action themselves before their wives could even complain.
As a man, so much is expected from you. Even more than you expect from yourself. These include Alimonies, Consideration of Paternal Issues, if a child or children were involved and Child Support if that is the case. Not to mention possible losses, like giving up the marital house, your favorite car, or your children if there are any.
Alimony is usually paid for by the husband to his wife to continually support her lifestyle post-divorce. In the United States, it is a time-honored tradition decided upon by the court. The rules of Alimony are adopted from the guidelines of an ecclesiastical church in England where divorce is not permitted but legal separation. It is based on the idea that a woman depended on the man's income, being the breadwinner of the family.
Adding insult to injury is another financial requirement called Child Support. Depending on the case, not all men are obliged to pay child support. A Consideration on Paternal Issues is determined to analyze whether or not there is a need to continually support the child or children. There are different types of paternity and with each an exclusive weight on child support payments. USA Divorce Laws terms a biological father as Acknowledged Father.
It is a paternal issue where the father, married to the mother or not, has established his acknowledgment of the child or children. He is required to pay child support. A Presumed Father, as the name suggests assumption of child ownership, is determined by several conditions. It could be that the child's birth or conception occurred during the marriage of the man to the mother, be it his or not. If this is the case, biological fatherhood must be proven before Child Support is set out. A man could also take upon himself the responsibility of bringing up a child as his own; this is another take on Presumed Fatherhood. A man who signs the child's birth certificate and agrees to be the father is also considered a Presumed Father just as a man who simply assumes the role and agrees to support the child. Another condition where presumed fatherhood is defined is when there is a failure in an attempt to marry.
A child conceived within the marriage albeit it was annulled, would still be considered under the man's responsibility. Whatever the condition a man falls under the category of Presumed Father, he is required to pay child support. An Alleged Father is also known as an unwed father. After his paternity is determined in court he maybe allowed payment of Child Support and be granted child visitation. A Stepfather is not obliged to pay unless he has agreed to legally adopt the child in question. Then there is a situation where a man is known to be an Equitable Parent. Equitable, as there is a close mutual relationship with a child who is not his own but has considered parenthood through maternal or the child's own encouragement. Child Support is not exclusive but maybe required as could be child visitation.
Other than Paternal Issues and Child Support is the arrangement of Grandparent / s, if there are any living or involved, and Caretaker Visitation. This means that visitation rights may or may not be granted; so any grandparent or caretaker may be prevented to see the child. This is considered law and it is an important part of the divorce because the child or children could become needy of a significant replacement of the mother and father figures. But this does not apply to all circumstances for some divorced couples do not have children. Others may even only have pets that could be caught up in the confusion of conjugal property division. That's another issue.
The settlement is however, case to case basis, depending which state it is happening. It would be wise to consider the variance of state divorce laws especially if the separating couple lives in different states.