Contact the Metuchen Divorce Lawyers at Wiley Lavender Maknoor, PC
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Divorce will have an effect on any parent. Going from a two-parent household to two residences will change the lives of both the children and the parents. There are unique issues in a divorce that involve a stay-at-home parent. You should contact an experienced divorce lawyer to protect your legal rights and fight for the best interests of the children.

What You Need to Resolve in a Divorce?

There are two major issues that you would need to negotiate in a divorce when children are involved:

  • Financial matters, such as child support, division of marital assets, and spousal support
  • Custody matters, which may include physical and legal custody and visitation for the non-custodial parent

Financial Issues Are Crucial in Your Divorce

You may have put off your career to stay home and take care of the children, relying on the other spouse to provide for the family financially. Now that you stand on the precipice of a divorce, you risk losing much of the means of your support.

As the stay-at-home parent, your finances are extremely crucial. The fact that you are not working does not automatically put you in a position where you may have no money in your post-divorce life.

If you do not have a means of employment, it may affect the financial terms of the divorce. For example, you may be entitled to spousal support, also known as alimony. Here, you and your spouse would have agreed that you would stay at home with the children while they went out of the home to work. You would not be penalized for this in the divorce. The settlement or court decision would reflect the fact that you also have a right to be supported after the divorce.

You May Be Entitled to More of the Marital Assets Than You Think

Your contribution to the marriage would be considered as a factor in the equitable distribution of the marital assets. Just because you were not out of the home working does not mean that you did not make an immeasurable contribution to the marriage. A judge would consider what you have done when they are determining how marital assets are to be divided. In addition, the judge may also factor in that you may not be able to obtain high-paying employment of your own when they decide how much of the assets you may get.

Decisions that you make during a divorce will play a large role in determining your financial future. It is crucial that you are deliberate and intentional when you are negotiating the terms of any divorce agreement. Otherwise, you could end up in a precarious financial situation without the means for improving it in the future. Hiring an experienced divorce lawyer is the first step to protecting your interests and securing your future. 

Custody Issues May Have a Profound Effect on You

When it comes to custody issues, divorce may change your life. You have grown used to being home with the children at all times. However, your spouse will also have a right to spend time with the children, even if they are not the custodial parent. There may be times when the children will be overnight with the other parent and you will not have them.

Nonetheless, you would likely have an advantage when it comes to determining custody. You have spent a considerable amount of time with your children, and that would be reflected in the result that the court reaches.

Contact the Metuchen Divorce Lawyers at Wiley Lavender Maknoor, PC

The Metuchen divorce lawyers at Wiley Lavender Maknoor, PC provide clients with diligent and pragmatic legal representation. When you are going through divorce, it is hard to take yourself out of the situation to look at things objectively. It is exactly why you need to hire an experienced divorce lawyer. To schedule your free initial consultation with one of our attorneys, contact us using our online form or call us today at 732-494-6099. We have an office in Metuchen, New Jersey, and we work with clients in Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Union County, and Somerset County.

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