While most couples are wise enough to “expect the unexpected” when they decide to get married, there is often a limit as to how far they are willing to go when it comes to accepting this axiom.
For example, while they may accept that their plans may change regarding children or, that an unforeseen illness or injury could befall one of them, they might steadfastly refuse to accept the possibility that they would ever give up their promising career for the sake of becoming a stay-at-home spouse.
While it’s understandable how a person could think this, the reality is that plenty of executives, physicians, dentists, accountants, attorneys, engineers, artists and other professionals have done an about face, finding themselves staying home to raise children or manage the household.
In fact, many have found this to be a surprisingly challenging, yet highly rewarding endeavor.
Those who rely on their spouse financially during the course of a marriage must understand, however, that certain difficulties can arise in the event of a divorce.
While it’s true that stay-at-home spouses can pursue alimony, it’s also true that the circumstances in which courts award permanent alimony — meaning spousal support is paid until the receiving spouse dies, remarries or lives with another — are relatively rare. Indeed, a more realistic expectation may be something along the lines of temporary alimony.
What all of this serves to underscore is that stay-at-home spouses have unique circumstances requiring unique representation.
At Robertson Law Firm, PLLC, we have extensive experience representing stay-at-home spouses and pride ourselves on offering them the customized divorce representation they deserve. We understand how difficult this can be for you and your children, and we are here to guide you through the entire process.
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