As the difference in parenting styles emerge, more fathers seem to be staying home in comparison to the past, and that means more women are turning into the breadwinners. Why is this important to you? If you’re a female supporting your family and end up getting a divorce, you may end up losing child custody to the stay-at-home father.
In California and other states, judges look into the best interest of a child to determine custody rights. Some may consider it better for children to live with a stay-at-home parent because the parent is always there. In cases where the father stays home, this could mean receiving child support from the mother while the children live with their dad.
According to the Feb. 10 article, it’s not actually uncommon for a stay-at-home mother to receive custody and to get a financial settlement. Spousal support may also be provided, because it’s generally recognized that being out of the workforce for a long period of time makes it harder to get back into a job in your field. That means the stay-at-home mother’s income capacity suffered from having to be at home with children as a caretaker.
What’s interesting now is that some women feel slighted if they don’t get child custody and get to be the breadwinner. It’s simply the role reversal of what tends to happen in a traditional home where the father goes to work and the mother stays at home. According to the news, recent figures claim that around 42 percent of marriages end in a divorce. With that said, it’s important for women, as well as men, to understand what being the higher earner can mean when it comes to child custody in the future.
Source: The Guardian, “Don’t want to lose your kids in the divorce? Don’t be the breadwinner” Marilyn Stowe, Feb. 10, 2014