Traditionally, spousal support has been something for ex-wives. Yet, the trajectory of the employment disparity between men and women has changed and it's becoming more and more likely that a man can receive alimony or spousal support from his ex-wife. It's critical that you consult a seasoned and capable divorce attorney in order to understand all of your options. But below are some contributing factors that may influence whether or not you would be eligible for alimony.
Although men still tend to make more than women overall when it comes to median income, this is not always true across the board. Depending on who was the breadwinner in the marriage, the other party may be more likely to come away with some type of monetary support.
If you do not have the education or job skills necessary to be self-sufficient, then you may qualify for alimony -- no matter your gender. If you have been married for many years, your standard of living and lifestyle should not change drastically after the divorce. So pooled income and what you've grown accustomed to is something courts may look for.
Stay at home dad?
If you've been staying home with the kids for awhile, you may be awarded alimony. This is something that has traditionally been the reason many women have received alimony. Today, more and more fathers are taking on the role of primary caregiver with their wives becoming the primary bread winners. The questions become whether your role as primary caregiver affected your career and whether a job would make it difficult to care for your children in the future.
Some courts will agree that parenting is a full-time job and should be compensated as such, even if from the breadwinner's income. There is also a savings in childcare that you were responsible for providing, which can be included as a vital household contribution.
If your career took any type of hit during the marriage, especially during the dissolution phase, you may be able to ask for alimony. If, for example, you were displaced or had to move because your wife had career opportunities elsewhere, you could qualify for alimony. If you lost your job or left a good job to take care of the children or move, you may have a case.
Times are changing and things don't work exactly how they use to. While it was commonplace years ago for one women to receive spousal support, that is no longer the case. If you have any other questions about this issue, we encourage you to reach out to us directly. Consulting with a divorce attorney is the next step to help ease your mind and make this difficult time go as smoothly as possible.