If you are going through a divorce, there will be many things that you will need to negotiate with your divorcing spouse. One of these issues will be the division of assets and spousal support. If you are a homemaker, it is likely that you have limited to no income, and that you rely financially on your divorcing spouse. If this is the case, you may be worried that your divorcing spouse will try and keep certain assets from you, unfairly thinking that you should not be entitled to them.
The truth is that homemakers provide vital, nonfinancial contributions to a marriage. They care for the children, take care of the home and run errands in order to make it possible for the other spouse to earn a good income. In the eyes of the courts, nonfinancial contributions are just as important as financial contributions in a marriage.
How can I stand up for my rights in divorce proceedings?
It is important that you first have the confidence to ask for what you deserve. You should think of all the ways in which you have worked for your family, and remember that this entitles you to a good deal when it comes to asset division.
How can I negotiate spousal support?
It is very likely that you will be entitled to spousal support until you are able to gain your own income. Custody should also be shared so that you have the possibility to work while raising children.
If you are worried about your divorce settlement as a homemaker, it is important to take action to understand the law.