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Few men seek alimony. That is why it is news that The Miami Herald reports in its story on Sunday, CBS4 anchor asks wife for alimony.

As co-anchor of the 5:30 p.m. newscast and an Emmy-winning reporter, (Eliott)Rodriguez earns $300,000 a year. His wife, Univisión anchor Maria Elena Salinas, 51, earns more: upward of $2 million a year, with $60,000 a month available for expenses, he said in court papers....


Reluctant to be cast as a poster boy for alimony, Rodriguez explained the instructions he gave his attorneys.
"I said `Look, I'm a journalist. What I do for a living is gather information. I've gathered the information in my case and given it to all of you very high-priced lawyers. Now please apply it to my case and let me move on,' '' he said in a telephone interview. ``Instead, I find myself in the middle of this legal battle that I don't want to be a part of.''
Rodriguez says that he is going after the alimony because he is entitled to it because of the difference in salaries and marital lifestyle. If he wasn't entitled to it, Rodriguez says, he would not want it....


Sometimes, men can be their own worst enemy.
Gaetano Ferro, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and an attorney in New Canaan, Conn., once represented a woman who owned a book-publishing company. Her husband was a mechanic and earned far less, but he refused to ask for alimony.
''It's a macho thing,'' said Burton Young, a family law attorney for 57.... Because of the difficulty in winning alimony, he sees it as a better negotiating tool.


Awards of maintenance in Kentucky are supposed to be gender neutral, and in Jefferson County, I believe the law has been applied. I would think the bigger hurdle is convincing a court that one cannot meet his own reasonable needs on $300,000 per year. A spouse with such earnings really cannot live as well as one who earns over $2million per year, but that threshold requirement of being unable to meet one's own reasonable requires some good advocacy to surmount.

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