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There is no point in judging others seeking alimony

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There are many reasons women seek alimony after divorce. Being unemployable is one of them.
There are many reasons women seek alimony after divorce. Being unemployable is one of them.

In reference to your article, My ex-husband owes me eight years of maintenance payments. Can I have him detained at Dubai Airport? (September 16), I believe that any woman with a decent amount of self-esteem can make it on her own and stand on her own two feet.

Mahesh Kumar, Abu Dhabi

Whilst I wholly understand that in theory, women shouldn't be wholly dependent on their husbands or divorcees, and men shouldn't technically have to bear the brunt of ex-wives' bills, there is no point judging, as we have no idea of the ins and outs of such cases. What if they had agreed among them for her to quit her job to be a stay-at-home mother while they were married? Wouldn't he then be financially responsible for the long-term impact on her career prospects? If a decision is made in a partnership, one should not be left holding the ball if things go wrong.

Ela Jayne, Abu Dhabi

Certain laws may be preventing this woman from standing on her own two feet. For instance, if the man had stipulated that she stay at home with the children, he can still technically put that as a stipulation even after their divorce. Of course, the court can deny that request, but it's an actual possibility. Also, he may have not allowed her to study while they were married (he could legally stop her from attending university, remember), which could mean that he may have successfully kept her unempowered during the marriage, causing her to be unemployable and financially incapable now. I believe that people should look into gender constructs before judging others. The laws are rapidly changing, but some that are still in place give men full control over women's career and personal options.

Tiffany Malnar, Abu Dhabi

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Mathew Litty, Dubai

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Updated: September 19, 2017 10:43 AM