Stay-at-Home Moms in a Divorce
Over 30 Years of Effective Family Law Representation in Wayne County and Oakland County
If you've been a stay-at-home parent for any length of time, you probably face very distinct challenges when your marriage ends. You may need to gain additional skills before becoming employed again − especially when there are still lots of childcare issues to resolve. In Michigan, the law does what it can to respond to this reality.
At the law firm of John R. Rinn, P.C., in Livonia, I have helped stay-at-home moms resolve their divorce issues for many years. Contact me today to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced family lawyer. I serve clients in Oakland County, Wayne County, and throughout Southeast Michigan.
How Do You Rebuild Your Life?
Of course, not all stay-at-home parents are moms; there are some dads. But in the real world, it is most often stay-at-home moms who are adversely impacted when a marriage ends and they find themselves without the employment skills to easily transition to a new
That is where spousal support comes in. Also known as transitional or rehabilitative alimony, it is designed to assist homemakers who put their careers aside while putting family first. It's meant to help stay-at-home moms (and dads) get back into the workforce.
How long do these awards usually last? The court will determine what is a reasonable time. Generally, the longer the marriage, the longer the transitional award is likely to be because it will take longer to rebuild marketable job skills. If the marriage was a relatively short marriage, there may be no spousal support or child custody issues to resolve. But a spousal support award becomes more likely if there are children.
Preparing the Case
In order to negotiate from a position of strength - for a stay-at-home mom or anyone - you have to be prepared to litigate the case. I conduct thorough discovery, subpoena documents, and take depositions if necessary. The vast majority of cases can be resolved through settlement, but only because the facts have come to light.
When you meet with me to discuss your case, I will tell you where you stand. This may not necessarily be what you want to hear, but I will cover the range of likely outcomes and explain what to expect.