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How can stay-at-home parents afford to divorce?

On Behalf of | Jun 6, 2024 | High Asset Divorce, High Net Worth Divorce |

Even the idea of divorce can be daunting. This is particularly true for stay-at-home parents who lack independent financial resources. However, Florida law offers several mechanisms to ensure a fair outcome.

Understanding alimony in our state

Alimony, or spousal support, is a financial provision one spouse may need to pay the other during and after a divorce. In our state, alimony is determined by assessing the financial circumstances of each party, the length of the marriage, the standard of living during the marriage and the financial resources of both spouses. Notably, Florida has recently abolished permanent alimony, but alimony is still one of the ways that stay-at-home parents can afford to divorce.

Property division in our state

In Florida, marital assets and debts are divided fairly (equitably). What this means in practice could be an equal split, but not necessarily. The court considers factors such as each spouse’s contribution to the marriage, the economic circumstances of each party and the marriage’s duration. Stay-at-home parents can use their piece of the marital estate to start their new single life.

Child support in our state

Child support is a court-ordered obligation to cover a child’s care, maintenance, education, etc. The amount of child support is primarily based on the parents’ income, custody arrangements and the number of children involved. Even with equal timesharing, child support may still be required to ensure the child’s needs are met. And, child support is yet another way stay-at-home parents can afford divorce.

Financial assistance for stay-at-home parents

Stay-at-home parents often face financial disadvantages in divorce due to their reliance on their spouse’s income. However, they can seek financial assistance through alimony, property division and child support.


While divorce can be financially challenging for stay-at-home parents, Florida law provides several mechanisms to ensure a fair outcome. Understanding these rights and the financial implications of divorce is crucial for navigating this process effectively. Stay-at-home parents should seek legal advice to ensure they are well-informed and prepared to achieve a fair resolution.


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