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Avoiding unemployment as an older stay-at-home parent

Every divorce situation is unique. Some Massachusetts residents may wish to handle their divorces outside of court through mediation. Others may want to fight for certain resolutions through litigation. Though every situation is unique, it is possible to tailor each divorce strategy so that the unique factors involved in such divorce cases are accounted for. By doing so, it is often possible to pave the way for a smooth divorce.

One type of divorce situation that may prove challenging for some is when one of the spouses in a divorce case is a stay-at-home parent. This can be especially challenging when that person is over 50. When a stay-at-home parent is over 50, there is a good chance that that parent has been out of the workforce for some time. Understandably, the prospect of reentering the workforce can prove to be daunting.

This is why it is often important to nurture professional connections and keep skill sets up to date even when a Massachusetts resident decides to become a stay-at-home parent. However, this is not always possible, and sometimes alimony is required. Alimony, also known as spousal support, consists of monthly payments owed to a spouse who is going to undergo a significant financial change as the result of a divorce. Making the case for long-term spousal support can be challenging, but it can often be aided by a strong legal strategy.

With the help of a family law attorney, there are many steps a stay-at-home parent can take to make it less likely that he or she is not financially devastated in divorce. Such attorneys can help guide divorcing spouses through every step of the divorce process.

Source: Forbes, "4 Ways Divorcing Women Over 50 Can Avoid Long-Term Unemployment," Jeff Landers, accessed on March 28, 2016

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