Divorce can be hard for many reasons for couples who are facing a number of challenges, from financial problems to negative emotions such as stress or depression. For some people, such as those who are pregnant, the end of a marriage and the numerous family law issues that may arise can be especially difficult to deal with. For example, someone who is expecting a child may be unsure of how custody will be awarded or whether they will be able to receive child support. Moreover, they may worry about how marital property will be divided and how to deal with legal matters during pregnancy.
If, during your marriage, your spouse was the primary income-earner in your home in Marion, then you may go into your divorce proceedings automatically expecting to be awarded alimony. Yet spousal support is not intended to simply punish your spouse for working while you stayed home; rather, it is simply meant to provide you with a means of assistance in attaining the same standard of living you enjoyed while married. If the court believes you can earn enough to support that one your own, it may not award you alimony at all.
You may go into your divorce proceedings feeling fairly comfortable that you understand exactly what properties you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse shared. Yet like many others in Marion who are in your same position, you may be shocked to learn that your workplace retirement accounts (such as your 401k) are also considered to be marital property. If the funds in such an account are there solely due to your own individual efforts, whey then would your ex-spouse be entitled to them?