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Miami Divorce Attorney Discusses: Stay at Home Mom and Divorce

Any time a couple divorces, it can be a scary time.  Most people have lots of questions when getting a divorce.  However, there are some questions that are unique to stay at home moms.

  • How will I pay the bills?
  • How will I support the children?
  • Can I keep the house?
  • Will I have to go back to work?

Miami Divorce AttorneyEvery divorce is different, of course.  However, there are certain Florida laws that provide some insight into what may happen as a stay at home mom divorces.

At the Estevez – Pazos Law Firm, we understand the concerns of stay at home moms facing divorce proceedings.  We make sure we answer all your questions and address all your concerns.  Below we discuss some of our clients’ more pressing questions.

Florida Alimony

In Florida, alimony is governed by Florida Statute 61.08.  Either party may qualify for alimony, but stay at home moms are likely particularly suited for some form of alimony.  Florida offers four forms of alimony, bridge the gap alimony, rehabilitative alimony, durational alimony, and permanent alimony.  Sometimes courts grant a combination of different kinds of alimony.

Alimony is not granted in every case.  Rather, the court must determine whether alimony is appropriate in each individual case, considering a variety of facts and circumstances.

Understanding Types of Alimony

Bridge the gap alimony is designed to help with the transition from being married to being single.  It is designed for the short term, not to exceed two years.

Rehabilitative alimony is designed to assist one party in becoming capable of self support. This can be done one of two ways.  Either rehabilitative alimony allows for the redevelopment of previous skills, or the acquiring of education, training, or work experience so as to develop employment skills.

Durational alimony provides a party with assistance for a set period of time.

Finally, permanent alimony can be awarded based on a series of factors that are evaluated with different standards, depending on the length of the marriage.

In divorces involving stay at home moms, your Miami divorce attorney works to get alimony in cases where it is appropriate.

Florida Child Support

Child support is governed by Florida Statute 61.30.  Courts rely on child support guidelines to calculate the appropriate amount of support.  The courts evaluate the income of the parents as well as the number of children when assessing the appropriate amount of child support.

Continuing to Stay at Home

If you and your spouse decided your children would benefit by you being a stay at home mom, we will work with you to do everything we can to assist you in continuing that practice.  From the division of assets to the type and amount of alimony to delaying the sale of the home until the children are grown, your Miami divorce attorney knows there are several options available specifically to assist a stay at home mom.

If You Are Facing Divorce

If you are facing divorce, you should know you don’t have to face it alone.  The attorneys at the Estevez – Pazos will work with you to come up with a divorce settlement plan that works for you and your family.  Contact us today at (305) 717-7130 to discuss what will work best for you and the children.

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