The Daily Mail reports that more women than ever before are paying alimony and child support to their ex-husbands.
The paper cites that 56 percent of U.S. divorce lawyers have seen an increase over the past three year in mothers who pay child support and 47 percent of those attorneys have also seen a rise in the number of women who pay their exes alimony.
The cause is largely attributed to women earning more money than their former spouses and when things go wrong, well, their exes are looking to maintain the same lifestyle they had as when they were married.
It's no suprise that many women aren't too thrilled with this turn of events.
"The glass ceiling has been pierced and more and more women have taken over the financial responsibilities and have been saddled with them as well," Alton Abramowitz of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers told the Daily Mail.
One high-profile case involved form Yahoo president Susan Decker who, after five years, finally reached a settlement of $71 million dollars with her ex-husband Michael Dovey. Dovey had stopped working in his 30s when Decker's career took off (she's now 49) and the couple have three children, ages five to 15.
Actress Anne Heche is another example: Her divorce settlement includes monthly child support payments to her ex-husband, Coley Laffoon.
While women continue to gain headway in professional capacities, the divorce rate in the U.S. has maintained a steady rate, with out 50 percent of all marriages ending in divorce, the paper reported.
"We see women who are every bit as angry as their male counterparts, maybe more so, when they are confronted with the concept of paying spousal support to a man," Abramowitz said.