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Volume20
Year2012
TitleReview: Alimony: Race, Privilege, and Dependency in the Search for Theory
Author(s)Keith L. Shoji
First Page115
AbstractMuch attention has been given to alimony in recent years, in part because the widespread acceptance of no-fault divorce has undermined the traditional justifications for alimony awards. Many feminist scholars have attempted to articulate new theories of alimony. In Alimony: Race, Privilege, and Dependency in the Search for a Theory, Twila Perry ?explore[s] the implications of the search for a theory of alimony for those women who, as a practical matter, are least likely to benefit from this effort?who are neither well-to-do or white.? Few ex-wives are awarded alimony. Women of color are awarded alimony less frequently than white women, and poor women receive much less alimony than do well-to-do women.