All marriages begin with the hope of lasting forever, but sadly, that is not always the reality. Divorce is never easy, especially when there are children involved in the proceedings, and matters can become doubly complicated when one spouse has opted to stay at home and the family has only one income. Regardless of the exact situation, obtaining a divorce can be a heart-wrenching experience for a family, and having a strong attorney by your side can lessen the stress of the ongoing legal process.
When there is only one income, there are additional factors to consider, and it is very important to have an advocate working for you. Family Law matters can be some of the toughest to experience, due to the strong emotional toll that such proceedings can take on a person. The Law Office of David Pedrazas has been working with clients to navigate Utah divorce laws for over 20 years. Our experience and strong knowledge base will provide you with the guidance that you need to navigate the sometimes confusing and complex divorce process.
What is a Single Income Family?
Single income families are typically ones where there is one spouse working full-time, while the other is attending school or providing childcare at home. It is also entirely possible for the roles of the spouses to switch throughout the term of the marriage. One such example is when one spouse completes school and returns to the workforce full-time while the previously working spouse now stays home to provide childcare to their children. Single income families must also be aware of the delicate balance of work vs. childcare that exists in their situation. Oftentimes, a family with only one working spouse chooses that route due to the excessive cost of childcare outside of the home.
Single Income Divorce
In addition to the usual considerations in a divorce, the circumstances can change when a single income family is involved. There are additional factors for the judge to consider, and it is key for both sides, the working and non-working spouses, to know what to expect in order to achieve the best resolution for themselves and their family. Whether a spouse has decided to not enter the workforce due to education or to be a full-time caregiver to their children, there are additional economic considerations to be addressed:
- Short-term alimony during the divorce proceedings
- Long-term alimony
- Child support for full-time care givers
- Employability of the non-working spouse
- Support for the non-working spouse during education or training to re-enter the workforce
Single Income Divorce Representation from David Pedrazas
Many people due opt to do it themselves when it comes to divorce, but this is not recommended. Having an experienced attorney by your side throughout the divorce process can protect you from unnecessary pitfalls, and will also help to ensure that you receive the settlement that is best for you and your family. Making informed choices during a time when your life – and that of your family – is in a serious state of upheaval can be difficult to say the least.
The Law Office of David Pedrazas has the necessary compassion to ease the stress of divorce while also providing the strategic expertise to get you the results you deserve. Call us today at (801) 263-7078 to discuss how the firm can assist you with your divorce and help you get started with your new life, or contact us online to schedule your free 30-minute consultation.