Why Divorce Is Sometimes More Difficult For Men
Divorce is always one of the hardest things a person will go through in their life. However, for men the situation is sometimes even more uncertain. Traditionally, it was the woman that got the better deal when they divorced their husbands and this sometimes raises concerns that a man will lose everything when he gets divorced. Fortunately, that is not true. Both spouses have certain rights when ending their marriage, regardless of their gender. Still, if you are a man going through a divorce, do not do it alone. A Florida family lawyer will ensure your rights are upheld.
Some divorce cases involve the issue of alimony, or payments made from one spouse to another. The purpose of alimony is to ensure that a lower-earning spouse can still support themselves during and after the divorce. Alimony is often only temporary, although in some cases it is permanent. A judge will take many factors into consideration when awarding alimony, including the length of the marriage, the ability of each spouse to support themselves, and the earning capacity of each party.
A judge will also consider if one parent stayed home to raise the children while the other spouse went to work to earn an income for the household. Historically, the role of child-rearing was the woman’s, but that is clearly not always the case today. More and more women are becoming the breadwinners of the household, while the man stays home to take care of the children. If this is the case, a family lawyer will argue that you deserve alimony.
Largely due to the fact that women once were the ones to stay home and raise the children, it was also women that were usually awarded child custody. Fortunately, today family law judges are not allowed to take the gender of a spouse into consideration when making decisions on child custody. They are only allowed to consider factors that are in the best interests of the child. Still, some judges remain biased and still tend to lean towards awarding custody to the mother. A family lawyer will ensure bias is never a part of your child custody hearings and will ensure the judge remains impartial by presenting convincing evidence to support your arguments.
Dividing marital property is always a contentious issue. Sometimes, one spouse wants to retain certain property that is of great value, even if the value is only sentimental. Other times, a spouse may fight for certain property simply to spite their spouse. In any case, a family lawyer will make sure the court only considers the relevant factors, regardless of the impassioned pleas from your spouse.
Our Florida Family Lawyer Can Help with Your Divorce
Today, family law judges must remain unbiased and impartial during any divorce proceeding, but this does not always happen. If you are getting a divorce, our Orlando family lawyers at O’Mara Law Group will ensure you are treated fairly and that your rights are always upheld. Call us today at 407-634-6604 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation with one of our seasoned attorneys.