Family Law Blog

Reasons You Deserve Spousal Support and Alimony

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Divorce can be really hard on everyone, especially emotionally and financially. People who are used to a two-income household can really start to struggle when they are left to pay for everything themselves. Some women (and men) have even given up their career to care for the children, leaving them with almost no options. Parents who have been out of the workforce can struggle to find another job.

For this reason, spousal support, also known as alimony, was created. This gives financial help to the partner who has less income. Though many people don’t believe that their exes (or even themselves) deserve alimony, here are some reasons that alimony should be considered.

  • Many people understand how important their spouse’s career is. They may work to put them through college, becoming the breadwinner for the family. Without them working extra to put their spouse through college, they wouldn’t be as far as they are today.
  • Many spouses stay at home to help to further their spouse’s career. This allows them to be available when needed. They can pour their heart and soul into taking care of their spouse and making his or her life as easy as possible. A spotless house, clean laundry, and an unstressed spouse can really make a difference for some husbands and wives.
  • If someone starts a business of any time, many spouses will work for them. Though you may try to work together after the divorce, it can be difficult and stressful. It can take time to find another job.
  • Many women (and some men) stay home and take care of the children while the other parent was the breadwinner. Through divorce, the stay-at-home parent will probably need to go back to work, only they have put their career on hold so they will probably have to work a minimum wage or office job to try to make ends meet. If they didn’t quit their job, they could be making a lot of money.

Alimony can really make a difference for some people. It can be hard to find a job after you have been without one for years (or even months). You may also feel like you deserve some help because you worked extra and sacrificed to send the other one to college so that he or she could get ahead.

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