Despite the common perception that women make out better than men in a divorce proceeding, the truth is that they typically see a reduction in income when a marriage ends, whereas men often see an increase.
The main reason is that many women (and sometimes men) put their career on hold to raise kids, making it harder to find a well- paying job when they reenter the job market, whether by choice or as a result of a divorce.
To secure their financial future, spouses without income can make a case to the judge based on their contributions to the household, such as taking care of children in lieu of outside work. This may increase the likelihood of receiving a livable amount of money from their estranged partners.
Alimony, also referred to as spousal support or maintenance, may be awarded based other relevant factors too. A court will not only consider a commitment a mother (or father) made to raising children and how that impacts his or her earning capability, but also the length of the marriage, the age and health of both spouses, income and property, and whether there are any valid agreements between the partners.
It may be that short term rehabilitative alimony will be awarded in order for a spouse to gain necessary skills to be self-supporting, while longer term alimony may be awarded with the idea that the spouse will still make a good faith effort to obtain gainful employment and become self-supporting. Sometimes, depending on the circumstances, a court could order that the payments continue permanently.
If you are considering divorce and have questions regarding alimony or child support, contact the Law Offices of Schlesinger & Strauss LLC for help. Our Lake County alimony lawyers have successfully represented numerous clients over the years with their support issues and we welcome the opportunity to help you.