Alimony Laws in Michigan Need To Be Updated
Michigan rewards the married couple. The women who act as wives and mothers without being married, suffer after a separation.
A lot has changed is today’s society. Not many men out there jump into marriage when they fall in love anymore. How’s the saying go” Why buy the cow, when you can get the milk for free?” Well I cant say that i blame them in some cases. There are many women out there who give us good women a bad name. They get a very wealthy man to marry them then divorce them soon after and leave with half of their assets! But in Michigan they do no enforce the domestic partnership. So some men will be with their girlfriends for years. They will live together in the same home for years. They will acquire assets together such as vehicles, electronics, and appliances. The girlfriend will have a child or two or sometimes three, and the man has still yet to propose to her. Now in my opinion they are acting as a married couple, are they not? Especially in situations where the man works and the girlfriend stays home and takes care of the children and the housework. What happens to her if they separate? I’ll tell you. In Michigan that woman will be able to collect child support for her children, yes. However what about her vehicle that was purchased by the boyfriend? Or the flat screen TV she helped pay payments on with her small income from on line EBay sales of her children’s grown out clothes? Well that essential vehicle she needs to start her new life is taken from her and given to the dad since his name is on the loan, due to him being the breadwinner and having the lengthy credit history. Why should this woman have to suffer all because the man she loved cared more about his financial well being than marrying her. And why should he marry her, nothing would change in their life if he did, only paperwork. Is that fair? And with the rising reports of domestic violence, a lot of these women feel trapped by this manipulation of their boyfriend. He loves them, he provides for them, they have children together, he tells them he will take care of them as long as they take care of the children and the home, then one day they separate. A lot of the time too the man will economically abuse these women by threatening to take away their essentials that this man pays for such as their vehicle, their cell phone, their house keys… And if she chooses to leave him, she leaves with 1-3 children, not much of a credit history, and no job other than being a homemaker (which in my mind deserves at least a $50,000 a year salary). These are the kind of women i believe deserve alimony from their boyfriend. But in most cases in Michigan, these women are rewarded with nothing to start their new life with their children except money from their father to support these children. What about supporting the woman who tried so hard to make a good family life for her children?