Divorce for Men
Men face particular challenges when going through a divorce. They have to deal with issues about alimony, child custody, child support payments, and property division which are similar to, but distinct from, the problems faced by their former wives. If you’re a man going through a divorce, the San Diego divorce attorneys of Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, can help represent your unique needs in court.
One of the biggest issues concerning men going through a divorce is alimony, the money paid for spousal support. The concept of alimony descends from the belief that your obligation to support your spouse does not end at divorce. While in recent years alimony has been occasionally granted to men, more often than not, men are required to pay alimony to their ex-wives. The amount you pay in alimony is determined by a number of factors, namely:
- Length of marriage
- Amount of income
- Amount of income made by your ex-spouse
- Your earning potential
Child Custody and Child Support
Critics of the child custody system often claim that courts prefer to award child custody to the mother rather than the father. In recent years, the nascent Fathers’ Rights movement has sought to change this perceived bias in the divorce court system. In many cases, for the father to be granted custody, the mother will have to be proven to be unfit to take care of the children.
However, while men are seldom awarded physical custody of the children, they do have a degree of legal custody. Legal custody is the right to have a say in the large decisions which affect the raising of the children: choosing what school the children will attend, having a say in their religious upbringing, and making decisions about the healthcare the children will receive.
In most cases, a non-custodial father will be expected to make child support payments. These payments will help provide the clothes, food, medical attention, and other needs the children have.
When you get a divorce, all of the property that belongs to the married couple has to be divided between the husband and the wife. Usually, this is left to the discretion of the couple, and as long as the division is considered to be fair, the courts will support it. A divorce lawyer can help you reach an equitable division of property.
If you’re a man going through divorce proceedings, a divorce lawyer can help represent you in court. To learn more about the unique problems faced by men going through a divorce, contact the San Diego divorce for men lawyers of Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, by calling (760) 757-6854 today.