I understand that after separation things are usually split down the middle more or less, with lawyers on either side hashing out the particulars. I also realize that if children are involved and the mother retains main custody, the father’s financial responsability for the child should nto just go away.
But what I’m wondering about is why and when does alimony come to play?
Alimony sounds extremely unfair unless the mother has no job, and is unskilled or uneducated due to perhaps to being a stay at home mom taking care of kids and home.
But I have seen many situations where the woman is financially stable, well educated, and well off after the savings, house, etc are split, and yet the guy STILL has to pay alimony. Why on earth? What is the logic behind this?
Also, are there cases where the ex-wife has to pay alimony to the ex-husband?