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I still believe alimony laws still aren't very fair. Would it have been fair for your niece to have paid alimony if she were divorcing her husband largely because he was a spendthrift that wasted her income and rarely contributed anything meaningful to the family unit? What if she had warned him to get work or go to college so he'd be employable, but he'd kept procrastinating?

Joel, I think on any message board it's extremely difficult to explain an entire family dynamic, but I will add that my former nephew-in-law had a massive, overwhelming struggle with depression, to the point where he found it difficult to get up in the morning. But yes, despite his not working, and not contributing, and not bringing in any income, she still felt it was fair for her to pay alimony for a couple of years while he made another attempt to pull things together. She went into court planning to pay. It was not something the court imposed on her.

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