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A look at alimony and family law

We all know that having and taking care of children can be a full-time job. That is why many married couples choose to have one spouse stay home with the child, while the other spouse works. This may be all well and good for both parents during a happy and healthy marriage, but if things go south, and a marriage fails, this could put the previously stay-at-home spouse at a disadvantage. This is especially true if they need to reenter the workforce after a length of time away.

This is one of the many reasons why courts in Springfield, Massachusetts, may offer alimony or spousal support to one spouse following a divorce. This can be used as a form of income, while the spouse adapts, adjusts and trains or re-educates to reenter the workforce. This is often called, "rehabilitative," meaning it is temporary and not permanent. But, it will last until the other spouse is able to become self-supportive.

In the past, this has primarily been for "stay at home" wives and mothers. But, our gender roles have changed over the last few decades, and more and more women are advancing their careers. Accordingly, courts will consider alimony for men who have sacrificed their careers to take care of the home.

When one enters a divorce, it is important to prepare with strong representation for protection. One's soon-to-be ex-spouse will have people working hard on their side, fighting for their rights. It would be in one's best interest to do the same.

Source: FindLaw.com, "What Does Child Support Cover?," accessed on May 29, 2017

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