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Should you seek spousal support in your divorce?

It's said that two can live as cheaply as one. But when a couple divorces, they immediately go from supporting one household to coming up with the funds to run two separate homes.

That can be quite expensive for families with children who always seem to be outgrowing clothing and other supplies. You may wonder if you can even afford to get divorced.

But no one should have to remain trapped in a loveless marriage simply for economic reasons. That's why it is so important never to leave money and resources on the bargaining table when you are in the midst of divorce negotiations.

For instance, you might not think that you qualify for spousal support, the term for what was formerly referred to as alimony. It's true that these funds that were once a forgone conclusion that the wife would receive in a divorce settlement are no longer a given.

But in many cases, we can help our clients build a case for receiving spousal support. This is especially true if you gave up pursuing a career in order to stay home with the kids or to care for the home and build a high-quality lifestyle with your spouse.

It may be possible to arrange for interim spousal support throughout the pendency of your divorce proceedings and a little bit beyond to help you prepare to re-enter the workforce. Your spousal support might continue while you return to school to take the courses that can help you land a job that pays a competitive wage or salary.

While spousal support is not awarded in all cases, we have helped many clients pursue these funds to help them transition back into the working world.

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