California residents might be interested to hear that the traditional gender roles that have ruled marriage as well as divorce are beginning to shift. Traditionally, husbands were expected to be the breadwinners while the wives stayed at home and cared for the house and children. However, it is becoming more common for both spouses to work and even for some husbands to stay at home while the wife works. This makes it so that the issue of alimony in a divorce is treated differently as well.
Statistics show that nearly 40 percent of the wives who work earn more than their husbands. This makes it so that some women are being ordered to pay their ex-husbands alimony when they get a divorce rather than the other way around. Because of the de-gendering of marriage roles, divorce roles are becoming de-gendered as well. Some people even advocate for the dismissal of alimony altogether since the traditional reason alimony was designed is not present in many of today's marriages.