Shifting gender roles can change spousal support outlook

For many Florida women, the hard work and dedication they've poured into their careers is paying off in the form of increased pay and job responsibilities. That's creating changes at home, as well. For those who are navigating shifting gender roles, it's important to consider how those changes could affect spousal support in the event of a divorce. 

For example, a wife who has spent years caring for her kids and managing the household while her husband works might choose to return to the workforce when the kids go to school full-time. If she secures a good position or quickly rises through the ranks, she can end up out-earning her husband. That can alter the gender roles that both spouses have come to accept, and can even lead to divorce. 

In terms of spousal support, a spouse who might once have been entitled to alimony because she (or he) set aside career goals to care for the family could find the tables turned years later. After a period of time in the workforce, that same spouse could end up on the other side of the spousal support equation. That's especially true if the other partner took on a greater share of household duties when the shift took place. 

Each Florida marriage is unique, and many couples are able to navigate shifting gender roles and emerge with a stronger marriage. But for those who go through challenges related to these shifts, it's helpful to know how spousal support could change in the event of a divorce. That is especially true for marriages that were already on shaky ground when the roles began to shift.  

Source: CNBC, "Why you may be more likely to get divorced and what you can do about it", Nanda Davis, April 24, 2018

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