According to Forbes, about 25% of women are stay-at-home mothers. Among them are 10% of all American mothers who are considered to be "highly educated," meaning they have master's degrees or higher. As far as men go, approximately 7% are stay-at-home dads.
What happens to those spouses who decided to get out of the workforce to take care of their families and support the high-powered careers of their significant others when they divorce?
The courts in Florida and around the country are left to consider how to distribute money and share the considerable wealth that one partner has built up. Does that mean the stay-at-home parent should receive half of the assets because of the intangible support they have given to the family, even if they haven't bolstered the family bank account?
The question of how to weigh the value of taking care of a family in divorce was studied by two professors at Vanderbilt University recently. They asked more than 3,000 people their thoughts on how to share assets in a divorce and gave them a variety of scenarios to consider regarding the education of both spouses and more.
There were a number of different responses from participants, but the bottom line was this from the survey: A stay-at-home parent is unlikely to receive 50% of property gained while married and also probably won't receive long-term alimony.
Ultimately, of course, that's up to the courts to decide. Whether you are the caretaker or the breadwinner, you have a lot at stake in your divorce, and you and your soon-to-be-ex might not share views of how to share the assets that one spouse has earned. That's why it is so important to have a family law attorney on your side to advocate for you and make sure your interests are protected.