When breadwinner spouses in Wisconsin get divorced, they are often most concerned about spousal support. In fact, their financially dependent spouses worry about this too. Will they be eligible to receive it? And, if not, will they be able to make a living on their own after holding back on their career pursuits or leaving the job market altogether for so many years?
In the days of old, men in Wisconsin and the rest of the U.S. were too manly to accept alimony from their ex-spouse. They would not even ask. While, most still will not ask, more men are getting spousal support than ever before. MarketWatch notes that 45% of lawyers noted an increase in women paying not just alimony but also child support.
It is a common story in Wisconsin. After deciding to start a family, the spouse who makes less money decides to stay home and take care of the kids, while the spouse making more money becomes the sole breadwinner. At first, this works seamlessly. One parent focuses on the money and the career, while the other focuses on family and home.
Alimony is one of the most controversial topics when it comes to divorce in Wisconsin. Some spouses feel bitter about paying spousal support, while others may feel awkward or guilty about asking for it. Some people may believe that homemakers and supporters are entitled to continued support from the breadwinner, while others believe it perpetuates a cycle of dependency that the former homemaker now has no incentive to break free from.
In recent decades, infidelity has become increasingly common in marriages. When a spouse cheats, this often results in a divorce. However, many different questions may arise, both for the spouse who was cheated on and the one responsible for having an affair. This can affect a person’s life in various ways, but in this write-up, we will look into some of the ways in which it can impact spousal support.
When you first got married, divorcing your spouse was probably not something you anticipated and planned for. As such, coping with the challenges of separating from each other can often instill intense emotions and concerns about your future. At Brazil & Benske, LLC, we are committed to helping families through the important decisions that come with getting divorced.