A California woman has been forced to pay her rapist — who happens to be her ex — a monthly living stipend. Say what?
Such is the ruling of a Judge Gregory Pollock. Crystal Harris successfully convicted her ex-husband Shawn Harris of forced oral copulation and he is now serving time in prison. But upon his release from jail, she’ll have to pay him $1,000 a month in alimony. Pollack cited Harris’ higher income — 11k a month —as the main reason. But in the state of California, attempted murder (!) is the only crime that forgives the alimony program. (Harris, sensibly, wants to change that.)
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How can you measure the success women have had in the workforce? Sure, there are lady CEOs, lady doctors, and even lady presidential candidates. But, you know, manimony — alimony for ex-husbands dependent on their wife’s wage, is truly a sign that women are bringing home the bacon! While one-third of wives make more than their husbands, only about 4 percent of men get manimony after a divorce. Apparently, despite their equal entitlement granted by The Uniform Marriage and Divorce Act of 1970, men still feel socially emasculated for asking an ex for money. We’ve come so far, but now the men are keeping themselves down. [CNN]
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More and more women are discovering that with equal rights comes equal responsibilities. For the five years ending in 2006, the number alimony recipients who were men went from 2.4 percent to 3.6 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Divorce experts are saying that fewer and fewer men are rejecting outright any talk of seeking alimony, most likely because the number of women who out-earn their husbands has risen in the last decade. [Wall Street Journal] Keep reading »