Regardless of your financial status when you were married, getting a divorce can present a hardship. The prospect of a lengthy, contentious divorce, going from a two-income household to being the sole source of income and raising young children are just a few of the challenges newly divorced people face, especially women. At the Law Offices of Diane J.N. Morin, we are prepared to answer your questions about spousal support in California.
Forbes points out that even in this day and age, woman are more likely to suffer financially after a divorce than men. You may have stayed home to take care of the children and home during your marriage while your husband advanced his career. This decision may also have included forgoing your college education. To save on childcare costs, you might have cut your hours to part-time, intending to return to the workforce when your children were older. These plans are good when you are in a stable marriage, but when you are faced with a divorce, you may find yourself left in the dust when it comes to your career.
Suddenly, many newly single women are trying to re-enter the workforce with outdated job skills after working part-time or staying home for years. You might want to go back to school while struggling with parenting responsibilities and trying to make ends meet on a single income. It would come as no surprise that you might need spousal support for a time while you get back on your feet.
You may have been told that alimony is outdated and old-fashioned. However, as our page on spousal support explains, it remains a vital element of helping lesser-earning spouses adjust after their marriages end.