What stay-at-home parents need to know about spousal support

| Apr 13, 2020 | Divorce

If you have spent most of your marriage in the home, divorce can be a daunting prospect. Can you support yourself and your children? Is it possible to enter the workforce after so much time away, especially if you sacrificed higher education for your family? Where will you live? You could face financial challenges, but there are ways to get the support you need.

You might be eligible for alimony, but it is not likely to be a permanent solution.

As a stay-at-home parent, you are dependent on your spouse’s income, and that means that you could be granted spousal support after your divorce. However, this arrangement may not be permanent, and the amount you receive as well as the duration of these payments will depend on a variety of factors.

You may be granted long-term alimony if you sacrificed higher education or building a career for caring for your family. Alimony might also be granted for a longer time if you have been a homemaker for a many years or if your marriage qualifies as long-term.

Short term spousal support could give you the funds you need to get back on your feet.

If you are not granted long-term alimony payments, you may still be eligible for spousal support. This short term arrangement could give you the additional time and money you need to pursue a degree, training or other education that you need to enter the workforce. It could also help you establish your newly-single household and support your children.

While you may have financial challenges after your divorce, requesting alimony may allow you to face a more certain future.

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