Are you a stay-at-home parent who is getting a
divorce? Let’s say you have stayed home to raise your children, and it’s
been 5, 10 or even 20 years since you had a job. You’re now thinking
something to the effect of: “My skills are outdated and my kids
still need be to be at home. I’ve devoted myself to supporting my
spouse’s career, so I deserve spousal alimony and shouldn’t
be forced to work.”
Guess what? The judge may not be very sympathetic to your situation. Increasingly,
family courts across the country are setting limits on alimony and in
many cases, requests are being denied altogether, even if the stay-at-home
parent hasn’t worked for years.
Morghan Richardson, a family attorney in New York City told
Forbes, “Judges increasingly look with suspicion at post-judgement alimony
requests.” Richardson continues, “They see that women have
just as much opportunity to earn as men do, and they should – even
stay-at-home-moms who haven’t worked for decades.”
Forbes, statistics from the Labor Department reveal that three-quarters of women
work and of all the households in the United States, 40 percent of them
have female breadwinners. In other words, today’s women are not
only earning a paycheck, but they’re financially responsible for
themselves and their families.
Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads
Some men and women choose to stay-at-home and care for their children,
while their spouse supports the family. For many, this is a risky proposition
because the household’s wellbeing is placed one just one parent,
who is the only one working. When a spouse abandons their career to raise
the kids, it places their financial future at risk, especially considering
the fact that about half of all first marriages end in divorce.
In the past, stay-at-home moms (and dads) facing divorce were almost guaranteed
alimony, but these days, that’s not as common and many stay-at-home
parents are shocked to learn of the new reality. Just because someone
has chosen to stay home, it does not absolve them of the responsibility
to support themselves and their children after a divorce.
If you are on the divorce path and you’ve been a stay-at-home parent,
it’s important to have an honest conversation with a divorce attorney.
Can you expect alimony? Should you plan on going back to work? We can
help answer these questions so you can begin planning for your future
as a single person.
To learn more about our
divorces for just $219 and alimony in Pennsylvania,
contact Cairns Law Offices for a free consultation.