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What are My Options If I Want a Divorce, But I am a Stay-at-Home Mom?

South Jersey divorce lawyers have options for stay at home moms considering divorce.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.

South Jersey Divorce Lawyers at the Burnham Law Group, LLC Advocate for Clients Considering Divorce

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 at 856-751-5505 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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