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Inside the CastleLaw and the Family in 20th Century America$
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Joanna L. Grossman and Lawrence M. Friedman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691149820

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691149820.001.0001

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Dollars and Sense: The Economic Consequences of Divorce

Dollars and Sense: The Economic Consequences of Divorce

(p.192) Chapter Nine Dollars and Sense: The Economic Consequences of Divorce
Inside the Castle

Joanna L. Grossman

Lawrence M. Friedman

Princeton University Press

This chapter considers developments in the law of property division and spousal support, with some attention to such private arrangements as antenuptial agreements. The issue here is mostly about couples with money—though usually one or both spouses will have to do with less after the divorce. And if there is no money, there is nothing to fight over, nothing to divide. Here, the chapter asks two basic questions: who gets what right now (property division), and if either spouse should share in the other's future earnings (spousal support). The answers are far from simple. These issues are the main concern in divorce negotiation in lawyers' offices and the major time in litigation, particularly since no-fault divorce eliminated most fights about whether a marriage would dissolve.

Keywords:   divorce, property division, spousal support, money, divorce negotiation, economic consequences

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