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There are many reasons why a couple may decide for one parent to stay at home with the children rather than pursuing a career. In some situations, a family simply cannot afford childcare, so a parent may stay home out of necessity. Other families may choose to have one parent dedicate their time to caring for children and maintaining the household. Today, the role of homemaker is not limited to women. In fact, more fathers are becoming stay-at-home dads, according to research published in Psychology Today. Regardless of a person's gender or their reasons for becoming a homemaker, divorce as a stay-at-home parent can seem intimidating, and it can cause a great deal of uncertainty about the future. If you did not work outside of the home during your marriage, and you are facing a divorce, you will want to work with an experienced family law attorney who can guide you through the legal process of divorce and help you create a secure future.

Know Your Rights

Even if you were not your family's primary income earner, you still have rights regarding the property you own with your spouse and the income that was earned during your marriage. Under Illinois divorce law, marital property will be divided according to the principle of “equitable distribution,” and all property acquired during the marriage should be divided fairly, regardless of who earned the income used to purchase it. The contributions each spouse made to the marriage will be considered when determining a fair settlement. As a homemaker, even if you did not earn a financial income, you have still made many valuable contributions to your family, such as child-rearing, performing household duties (cooking, cleaning, doing laundry), and managing family finances.

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PamDivorce is a difficult process for both people, but for a stay at home spouse it can be downright scary. You are suddenly faced with the reality that your life will change completely. While emotions run high, you must muster up the strength to prepare if you expect to come out on top. As a stay at home parent, you are accustomed to your ex being the breadwinner, and now with divorce looming you realize that your lifestyle as you currently know it will change. Wife.org warns against falling into the financial pitfalls of divorce.

Not Having a Plan

Far too often, the stay at home spouse doesn&t think to have a financial plan in place when divorce happens. If your working spouse has moved out, monies for two residences may not be possible. How will you manage? Long before the divorce process begins, it is important to be financially prepared.

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