While it used to be that only females who were celebrities made child and
spousal support payments in the wake of a divorce, more and more women all across the
country are starting to make such payments in divorces. The Pew Research
Center found that as of 2013, mothers were the main (or only) breadwinners
in forty percent of American households. It was also found that 25 percent
of mothers are single moms. Also, more and more dads are becoming their
children's caretakers. With changes in social perceptions and practices
come changes in how family law is implemented.
Courts now realize that the divorce decree cannot overwhelmingly award
child custody to mothers and order fathers to pay child support. In the
increasing percentage of families where mom is the breadwinner, a divorce
could very well mean that the mother pays child support, if not spousal
maintenance as well. Recent surveys have found that fifty percent of moms
who retain primary or full physical custody of children get child support
payments, but now thirty percent of fathers with custody are getting child support.
Spousal maintenance payments are decided according to factors such as the
length of the marriage, each spouse's income, whether or not a spouse
gave up a career to care for children, and more. Child custody is determined
by the standard of "the best interests of the child". The gender
of the parent is not supposed to be a factor in this equation. As you
enter a divorce, be sure to understand what mother' and
fathers' rights are, how
child support and maintenance are calculated, and how to find the divorce attorney you
need at your side.
Make sure you get a fair divorce. Work the Meyers Law Group, P.C. to learn what you and your family's
rights are, and how you can successfully fulfill them in a divorce settlement.
Don't hesitate to
call our Long Island divorce lawyer today!