When a married couple divorces they go from two people caring managing one household to two people managing two households. Obviously, it is much more expensive to maintain two homes than one. In some marriages one person can afford to support a spouse who doesn’t work outside the home and the court will consider the marital standard when determining whether the primary child care provider should go back into the work force.
Balancing Factors in Each Case
The court will look at how much money each can earn as well as child care costs and any special needs of the children. California law encourages both parents to financially contribute to their children’s needs but the courts also have the authority to weigh what is best for a family. Every family’s circumstances will differ and there is no one answer as to when a spouse may have to go back into the work force.
Getting Legal Help
Experienced Sacramento Family Law Attorney Hal Bartholomew can help you understand your rights in a divorce. Bartholomew & Wasnicky will guide you through the process with respect and knowledge so you can focus on moving forward. Contact us today at916-546-4393.