Shari Motro, a law professor at the University of Richmond, advocates for alimony, or spousal maintenance, during pregnancy as expressed in her July 6, 2012 New York Times opinions article. She argues that since both a man and a woman take place in contraception, the economic consequences of the contraception should be shared between the two.

Maternity involves many expenses from birthing classes to maternity clothing and from medical bills to income losses. Currently, there can be child support payable to pregnant woman in most states for medical expenses relating to pregnancy. However, this type of alimony is paid after birth.

Since a man or woman can be required to pay alimony after splitting up, Motro argues that men who are responsible for pregnancy should support the pregnant woman, “preglimony” if they split up after the pregnancy. Now, patrimony tests are simple, so “preglimony” is plausible.

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