What Are My Options if I Want a Divorce, but I Am a Stay-at-home Mom?

Women who stay at home to take care of their children often play an important role in a family. These mothers often sacrifice having a career to take care of their children. However, this sacrifice tends to put stay-at-home mothers in a tough spot during a divorce. Many stay-at-home mothers tend to worry that their employment status will prevent them from obtaining a divorce. However, mothers can often rely on both child and spousal support during and after a divorce.

Different Types of Alimony

There are various levels of spousal support for homemakers during and after a divorce. During a divorce, an individual might obtain temporary spousal support to pay for necessities in the midst of a divorce. A judge might award a younger mother with rehabilitative alimony while she obtains skills that might lead to future employment. This type of alimony also applies to mothers who already have skills in a particular field, but need time to find a job.

A judge will likely award an older mother with long-term alimony. Long-term alimony is helpful to mothers who spent most of their life as a homemaker. As a result, there are no expectations for the mother to return to school to become employable. Stay-at-home mothers can often collect long-term alimony until they are remarried or if their ex-husband dies.

Expected Alimony Amount for Stay-at-Home Mothers

The amount of alimony a stay-at-home mom obtains in a divorce is dependent on each spouse’s finances and a stay-at-home mother’s financial needs. The likelihood that a mother will receive alimony is also dependent on her employability. In the modern day, most women are expected to have a job and help take care of the family’s finances. Due to modern societal attitudes toward homemakers, the amount of alimony stay-at-home moms receive is starting to decline. The amount of time that a stay-at-home mother should expect alimony is also amid a reduction. Therefore, it is important that stay-at-home mothers do not expect a permanent alimony award.

Alimony awards are typically dependent on a mother’s employability. For instance, if a stay-at-home mom has not received a degree or upper level education, she has a higher likelihood of obtaining long-term spousal support. This is less likely for the mothers who had a degree but decided to stay at home with the children instead of building a career.

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If you or a loved one needs a divorce consultation, please consider contacting a South Jersey divorce lawyer at the Burnham Law Group, LLC. Our lawyers display both expertise and compassion during the legal process. Contact us online or call us for a free consultation today. With office locations in Marlton and Somers Point, New Jersey, we proudly serve clients throughout South Jersey, including Camden County, Burlington County, and Atlantic County.

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