Domestic Relations: The Price of Guilt v. Need

DOMESTIC RELATIONS

Alimony, says Miami Circuit Judge Thomas Lee Jr., "is like trying to take one blanket and stretch it over two beds." It is also one of the main legal skirmish lines in the battle of the sexes. "It's not fair to me or the two children," says Linda Sue Beasley, 24, an attractive Indianapolis, Ohio, divorcée who receives $30 a month. "Hell, I should know," says a Los Angeles stockbroker. "I've been through three divorces and didn't get one fair shake."

Amid such bitterness, a determined band of critics has been agitating for alimony reform. In a new book, Divorce and...

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