Is alimony available for stay-at-home moms?

On behalf of South Tampa Law Group posted in alimony on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.

Alimony trends are changing in Florida and across the country. In the past, this court-mandated disbursement of money from one spouse to another was relatively standard, and it was often sufficient for stay-at-home moms to support themselves and their children. Now, according to Forbes, the courts may look less favorably on your wishes to continue staying home after a divorce. Since culture has changed regarding workplace opportunities between the sexes, many judges rationalize that you should be able to find employment to support yourself rather than relying upon your former husband.

There are some exceptions to this general opinion. For instance, if you have stayed at home in order to care for a disabled child, the court may look more sympathetically on your situation and make allowances for alimony. Additionally, if you are at a severe financial disadvantage after a divorce, the court may award temporary alimony to assist you in reestablishing yourself.

One potential problem with the expectation that women should support themselves without assistance after divorce is that many stay-at-home moms have been removed from the workforce for years in order to care for the family. If you have been exclusively in the home for an extended period of time, you may have lost the opportunity to continue honing your professional skills and experience. Then, when it is time to return to work, you may have to take lower paying positions that have fewer opportunities for advancement. Therefore, it may be wise for you as a wife and mom to continue working throughout your marriage. You never know what the future will bring, but maintaining professional experience may help keep you financially stable if your circumstances change.

This information is provided to educate readers about changing alimony trends, and should not be interpreted as legal counsel.