Recent studies have found that more women than ever are paying child support and alimony to their ex-husbands. There are many reasons for this, and various effects, as well. In general, it seems that simply being female these days does not guarantee that you will get alimony, child support, or even custody of the children. This is why you need a lawyer now more than ever.
Why Have the Facts Changed?
It used to be that most women automatically expected child support and sometimes even alimony. This was mostly because they did not have jobs, and if they did, they were not paid nearly as much as most men. Since financial support is often paid to the person with the least amount of money, most women got enough to help them survive in their own home.
In addition, child support is given to the custodial parent raising the kids. In the past, it was assumed that mothers always got custody of the children. But these days, you cannot be sure until the settlement or trial concludes since more fathers are gaining custody, either sole or joint. This means that if you are a mother, your odds of getting child custody and support are closer to the father's odds than ever before.
One of the reasons for this change is that more women work outside the home than before, and can therefore support themselves. If you make nearly the same as your ex, or at least have the ability to due to a degree or experience, you may not get alimony. In addition, if it turns out your ex-husband has just as much of a desire to raise the children as you do, you may have to split custody, which could reduce the amount of child support you receive. In fact, you may not get child custody at all, which would make you responsible for paying child support.
Hiring a Lawyer
Most people can benefit from hiring a lawyer. But you would especially benefit from an attorney if you are a woman who works, with an ex who is going for child custody. This is because you may end up being ordered to pay alimony or even relinquish custody of the children. At the very least, you might not get the amount of alimony or child support you think you need, all because you are considered just as capable of bringing in income as your former husband.
When you want to fight this kind of decision, you need to turn to Brian D. Perskin & Associates P.C. so you have a chance of getting the amount of financial support you need. If you are worried about the possible outcome of your divorce case in New York, call us at 646-759-9392 or 718-875-7584.