Is alimony necessary? Do people in this day and age really need assistance after a divorce? The short answer is yes, and there are several reasons for that.
Alimony aids those with low or no personal income to get on their feet after a divorce. It can be temporary or permanent, and it gives someone who has spent time as a homemaker or a lower-wage earner in the relationship a chance to catch up and live reasonably after the divorce. Alimony isn't necessarily paid by the male every time; it usually is paid by the spouse who earns more.