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Stay-at-home parents may be concerned about divorce

Many mothers in Georgia stay home with their children after becoming parents, even if they had earlier been pursuing professional careers. In most cases, this is a joint decision for a married couple. According to studies, 25% of mothers and 7% of fathers across the country step up to play the role of stay-at-home parent. For many families, having a parent stay at home is viewed as the most beneficial way to raise children.

For other families, one parent staying home may actually be more affordable than paying for extensive daycare, especially if they have multiple children or the parent's job was not very lucrative. However, 10% of highly educated American mothers with a master's degree or higher also choose to stay home after giving birth. This often means stepping away from a high-powered career. Of course, having a stay-at-home parent in the family could provide potential benefits for the working spouse as well as the children. Working spouses can concentrate on their jobs, work long hours or seek promotions because they know that the stay-at-home spouse will be available to handle parenting duties.

The situation can be more complicated when these couples decide to divorce. Like most states, Georgia uses the principle of equitable distribution to divide marital assets. This means that guidelines of fairness are used to determine which assets each spouse will have after leaving the marriage.

Studies show wide disparities in how people view the contributions of stay-at-home parents. This can have an effect on property division. A family law attorney could work with a divorcing spouse to negotiate a fair settlement for the end of a marriage.

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