In previous generations, American women mostly stayed out of the workforce after marriage, but today many mothers balance family life with employment. In some families, women are the sole income providers, and in others both spouses work outside the home. Critics of California's alimony system say the law has yet to fully recognize this fundamental change.
Divorces for California couples do not have to be acrimonious. In fact, prior posts on this family law legal blog have discussed the benefits of divorcing in a mediated process. When couples can work together and agree on the support, custody, and property division matters related to their separation, such two-way procedures can be healthy ways to end their marriage.
As the structures of families in California change, so too do the arrangements under which adults work to earn money. In the past it was not uncommon for a family to subsist on a single income; today many families need both adults to work in order to make ends meet. The decisions that a couple make regarding who will work outside of the home and who will attend to domestic responsibilities can affect how alimony decisions are made if the couple later files for divorce.
At present it is not uncommon for men and woman of varying social and economic demographics to pursue post-secondary and professional degrees. Fifty years ago in California and throughout the rest of the nation it may have been more expected for a wife to stay at home with a couple's children and for the husband to work than it is now. However, access to education and the expression of women's rights have changed how people approach learning new trades and earning their incomes.
Individuals in Stockton who go through divorce may find themselves worrying about many things as their marriages end. Some may fear how their kids will be affected. Others may be concerned about how their emotions will hold up under the stress of the process. Still others may question how they will be able to make ends meet without two incomes supporting the household.
Is there a connection between divorce and religion? The answer might be yes, but not in the way that readers expect.
Although a household might be dual income, it's common for family members to only use one spouse's employer-provided health insurance benefits. There might be economies of scale or other cost-saving benefits to claim multiple family members, instead of each spouse carrying separate insurance policies.