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Why alimony began and how the need for it has changed

The original goal of alimony was to make husbands provide for their wives. Alimony can be traced back centuries, and, though it may sound odd to the modern reader, this was a time in which women did not have any job opportunities. The courts assumed men would provide for them, and if a marriage broke up, they knew women still had basic needs -- food, shelter and more -- that had to be met.

4 reasons a will could be challenged

Contesting a will can be both complicated and controversial. It often happens when someone already feels like he or she was unfairly cut out of the will, or that assets were not distributed as they should have been. In some cases, if the effort is successful, the will may not be followed. Four reasons a will may be contested include:

Key factors often leading to child support modification

Child support orders are given out based on the specific details of the case -- income levels, number of children, etc -- at the time of the divorce. However, we all know just how fast life can change. Below are a few reasons a modification may be needed down the line:

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