For years, it was fairly commonplace for a husband to be the primary breadwinner in a nuclear family with the mother staying home to raise children. However, Connecticut residents are well aware this is hardly the case in the modern era. Unfortunately, for women who voluntarily choose the road of the “stay-at-home mom,” they will face unique divorce issues. This may be particularly true with regard to alimony.
It may be surprising to learn that many states are in the process of reviewing and curtailing their alimony laws, most predominantly for stay-at-home moms who have been out of the workforce for many years. It is a given that these women can face diminishing skills and obsolescence in their chosen field. However, they are in many cases expected to “get a job” rather than accept support from a former partner.
Interestingly, statistics seem to point to an intolerance against women in the courtrooms of female magistrates, some of whom are said to take a hard line against the decision to rear children. This can be construed as the unfortunate backlash brought about by the push for economic equality in the workplace. Regardless of the reason, the fact remains that alimony for soon-to-be single mothers is an issue that must be addressed by those it affects most.
Divorce issues are complicated for everyone involved when a marriage ends, but Connecticut residents understand these issues can manifest differently for different people. It behooves both parties to have a full understanding of how the divorce will affect them and what will be required of them at the negotiation table. Thankfully, many sources of support exist for men and women alike.
Source: Forbes, “Stay-at-Home Mom Facing Divorce? Don’t Expect Alimony”, Emma Johnson, Oct. 27, 2014