People here in Georgia often associate alimony with an image of a wealthy man paying spousal support to his unemployed ex-wife. This traditional vision, however, is nothing but a stereotype. In fact, in many cases both the payer and payee of alimony work, but there is a substantial difference between their incomes or between their abilities to earn an income. Additionally, in this day and age, it is becoming more common for women to be the payers of alimony. According to the Pew Research Center, the woman is actually the higher income earner in about 37 percent of married couples with children.
Actress Eliza Coupe, who most recently appeared on the television series "Happy Endings," was recently subjected to an alimony request from her husband. Her husband, acting coach and teacher Randall Whittinghill, filed for divorce last month and requested spousal support.