When a couple gets divorced and one of the parties is a stay-at-home mother, the law in mostly every state requires that property be distributed fairly. However, some states require that property be distributed evenly regardless of who the primary breadwinner is. When it comes to distribution of property in a divorce, things can become tricky if one of the parties is a stay-at-home mother. The question then becomes whether the caretaking that a stay-at-home mother engages in is of equal value to what her husband brings home.
If you are going through a divorce and you are a stay-at-home mother, you may have some concerns as to how divorce will affect you. Divorce does not only affect you financially, it may also affect your ability to continue staying home with your children. When stay-at-home mothers go through a divorce, they acquire spousal benefits, as well as child support. There is no set time or amount when it comes to spousal support, since it is based on need.
For stay-at-home mothers going through a divorce, there are a few things you can do to stay ahead of the game:
During the divorce, a judge will not order a stay-at-home mother to find employment. The judge will most likely order temporary spousal support during the divorce process so that stay-at-home mothers can support themselves and their children.
After your divorce is finalized, you do not have a right to receive financial support from your spouse. A judge will most likely order continued financial support for stay-at-home mothers who have been out of work for an extended period or for those who do not have any job skills. Long-term alimony is usually awarded to older wives who were married for more than 10 years.
Going through a divorce can be a tricky and complicated process to go through, but with the right attorney, you can get through it with favorable results. An Eatontown divorce attorney at Fox & Melofchik, L.L.C. will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 732-493-9400.
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