Texas residents might be interested to hear that the traditional gender roles underlying alimony have been shifting over recent years. In the past, husbands were usually the ones ordered to pay alimony to their ex-wives. The reason for this decree was because women traditionally gave up their earning power to support that of their husbands and to care for the home and children. However, with the advances that women have made throughout the years economically, those trends have begun to change.
According to recent studies, 40 percent of wives who are their household's "breadwinners" earn more than their husbands do. This makes it so that wives, instead of husbands, may end up paying spousal support if the couple ever does decide to get a divorce. In today's marriage arrangements, it is becoming more common for the husbands to stay at home and care for the house and children while the wives are the primary breadwinners. Additionally, in some marriages, both of the spouses work equally although one spouse might earn more than the other.