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Should divorcing stay-at-home parents expect an alimony award?

What happens to stay-at-home mothers after a divorce? Can they get alimony? Will it make a difference if both parents previously agreed that the mother should stay at home with the children? According to a writer at Forbes, the answers to questions like these may not be the answer divorcing moms who have sacrificed a career to raise their kids want to hear.

The contributor, who writes about women going through financially complicated divorces, describes an all-too-common scenario in which parents first decide that one of them should remain at home with the children. As time goes on, they grow apart and end up divorcing. The complications arise when the mother might expect to receive alimony in order to continue the child-rearing patterns already established.

In truth, many family court judges, are not always sympathetic to the plight of stay-at-home mothers. The article author points out that while many mothers consider their work at home to be a full-time job, family law courts do not necessarily agree. He goes on to say courts expect divorcing parties to support themselves following divorce and that it's likely a bad idea to assume they will receive automatic spousal support.

Is there a solution? Well, the author states that some courts will award temporary alimony to enable the stay-at-home parent to work out a solution on their own. There are also postnuptial agreements that could lessen the hardship imposed on a newly divorced spouse without much work experience.

The author further states that either prenuptial or postnuptial agreements can pre-determine both alimony and property division issues. Fortunately, there are a lot of good family law attorneys in New Jersey that can help stay-at-home parents of either gender establish legal agreements that address the financial needs of both parties.

Source: Forbes, "Deciding To Become A Stay-At-Home Mom? Consider This Cautionary Tale" Jeff Landers, May. 29, 2014

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