…what were you thinking? Consider the following scenario:
THE end of a marriage is always sad, but divorce can be particularly devastating for a woman who still wants children but whose fertility is on the decline. Her ex may have many years left to start a new family of his own, but by the time she meets a new partner, it may be too late.
Could egg freezing help her save the last of her fertility?
That’s the hope of a 38-year-old woman who is a client of Ronald G. Lieberman, a family law attorney in Haddonfield, N.J. Mr. Lieberman is asking his client’s soon-to-be-former husband of eight years to pay $20,000 to cover her egg-freezing procedure, medication costs and several years of egg storage. “When they got married, the expectation was they would start a family,” he told me. “Now she might not have the chance much longer.” [Via Instapundit].
No word on whether her ex hooked up with a younger woman and started a family of his own.
But seriously, this woman tied the knot at 30, the age when she should be keenly aware of her fertility, and didn’t get to start a family until her marriage fell apart nearly decade later. She can ask for all egg alimony she wants, but what good does it do if she can’t conceive a child?
She might had been a die-hard DINK — until she wasn’t — but more likely her husband got her to postpone motherhood indefinitely, and with an assist from feminists: “Yes, honey, there is so much to do, your career, travel! Not this year.” A-ha. What she didn’t take into account is that 38 might be the end of the line for her, but he still feels* virile at 40, and that even though he said his vows, he had problems committing, e.g. making babies. In a late marriage like that after a year or two it’s decision time.
Being very clear from the get-go doesn’t hurt, of course. The “deciding together is we want children” attitude is confusing because acillating sends a signal that he doesn’t need to worry about fatherhood in the near future and possibly not ever.
An important thing to realize is that the women who don’t warn us that most will not eventually regret not having children don’t have our backs. Most women who are childless by choice might enjoy being carefree when we are chasing tots, but they will feel very different about their choices at the end. So be skeptical of women telling us that children are optional; they have political agendas and like to exert power over our bodies. The fact that they can’t stop talking of bodies and power should be a hint.
* And possibly not aware of neurological problems of children conceived to older dads.