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Stay-at-home parents should consider seeking spousal support

There are many married couples in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. Some of their marriages will end in divorce. When that happens, issues having to do with the children and the money are often of foremost concern to both the ex-husband and the ex-wife.

This can be particularly true when one of them was a stay-at-home parent during the marriage. Stay-at-home parents often wind up having diminished earning capacity, due to being out of the workforce for years while their children were young. They may be less employable, less in touch with current workplace demands, and in need of getting up to date with regards to skills in order to be positioned to make a good living on their own after the failure of the marriage.

Because of that, a stay-at-home parent may want to secure spousal support. That can allow the stay-at-home parent to take care of their living expenses while they prepare to go back into the workforce. In some cases, spousal support may let them continue to be a stay-at-home parent after the divorce, or to go back to college in order to get ready to resume an old career or start a new one.

Spousal support varies based on the length of the marriage and on the income of the ex who would be paying it. Spousal support may end when the person receiving it has children with a new partner or when they remarry. It may also end after a set period of time.

Stay-at-home parents who seek spousal support when they are getting a divorce should talk with an experienced attorney about their situation during the marriage, their plans moving forward and their ex's income. Their attorney can then work with them to make a case to the court for spousal support in an amount that would cover living expenses and other expenses for a specific period of time.

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