I’ve Been a Stay-at-Home Parent Throughout Our Marriage. As We Are Now Divorcing, Will I Be Able To Continue Staying at Home and Raising Our Children?
There is going to be an expectation, depending on your age, your ability to work, and the ages of your children, that you should probably go back to work. If there are financial issues involving support in a divorce case in Florida, there will be a presumption that the formerly non-working parent can, at the very least, go out and get a minimum-wage job. If the parent has worked in the past and/or has a college degree or an advanced degree, then there may be an expectation that the parent earns more than minimum wage. This is called imputation of income.
The age of the child or children comes into play, as well. A family with an infant will be treated differently from one with all teenagers. Because teenagers are more self-sufficient, attend school, and can take care of themselves, there is no reason for that stay-at-home parent to remain at home instead of finding a job.
A disability or advanced age of the stay at home spouse can also be considered. In general, absent extenuating circumstances, a non-working spouse will be expected to go out and work, and if they don’t, the court will impute a wage to them (either minimum wage or a wage consistent with the job that they could actually go out and get).
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