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Volume20
Year2012
TitleGrant Proposal for the Empirical Study of California Spousal Support Awards
Author(s)Christina Phan
First Page135
AbstractMany early studies on the effects of no-fault on alimony awards have been criticized on grounds ranging from limited sample size, to limited geographical region or economic strata, to computational errors. Yet the last two decades have produced no replications of these earlier studies and no new studies of alimony awards. This is so despite the correlation between a ubiquitous acceptance of no-fault divorce in the United States and several other sociocultural phenomena?to name a few, significant increase of women in higher education, the workplace, and judicial positions; trends toward delayed marriage, shorter marriages, and unmarried cohabitation; decrease in birth rates among married women; reorganization of familial roles in married households?that might plausibly exert a substantial influence on alimony awards. In particular, no studies on California alimony awards have been reported during the last two decades, in spite of several important amendments to the state?s spousal-support statutes that rest on factual assumptions about the need for alimony awards.