The Public Interest

Divorce American style

William A. Galston

Summer 1996

JAMES and Janne Hayes were married in 1941 as 19-year-old college students. They had four children. With one brief exception, Janne Hayes never worked outside the home. After 25 years of marriage, she filed for divorce under California’s fault-based divorce code and was awarded the family home, custody of the two minor children, $650 per month in alimony until death or remarriage, and $175 per month in child support until the children reached adulthood.

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