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Your contributions to the marriage may warrant alimony

On Behalf of | Feb 24, 2016 | Alimony, Firm News |

Depending upon the financial needs of their family, married individuals in Stockton may choose to work or stay home to best serve the interests of their spouses and children. When a person leaves home each day to earn an income, it may be clear that his or her contribution is monetary. His or her partner’s contributions may be equally as important but significantly more difficult to quantify in terms of economic value.

For example, a stay-at-home parent may never see a paycheck despite the hours of housework and child-rearing that he or she provides each day to familial loved ones. That parent may actually forego earning an income and using the skills he or she was trained for in the workplace in lieu of providing support and care to those within his or her home. When considering the many sacrifices that stay-at-home spouses and parents make for the well-being of their families, alimony can seem like a very reasonable form of financial support to pursue during a divorce.

The law firm of Dianne Drew Butler & Associates represents men and women who need and deserve alimony in order to function in their post-divorce life. The attorneys of the firm recognize that raising happy and healthy children takes real work and that maintaining a household often requires people to forego economically significant opportunities. Though alimony or spousal support is not guaranteed in California family courts, it can be awarded based on the needs of the parties.

A California spouse can work outside or inside of the home. All of the contributions that individuals make to the success of their marriage and family are important, though not all are financially compensated. For those who may not have viable financial support when their marriage ends, alimony can be a method of keeping up with monthly expenses as that person learns to adapt to life without their spouse.