COUNTING HOUSE: Helping Judges Calculate Homemaking

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COUNTING HOUSE: Helping Judges Calculate Homemaking

Stay-at-home mom
Stay-at-home mom
Stay-at-home mom

This morning I had the pleasure of reading an ABA article on family law. The author raised an interesting point. Why aren’t we calculating homemaking and stay-at-home spouse activities?

Some people will say:

“Why should I pay for a spouse that stayed at home all day?”

The logic goes something like…if you are not at work, making a salary, your activities are not valuable. But that could not be further from the truth. Homemakers / stay-at-home spouses often take on significant household obligations such as: 

  • Accounting
  • Building (facilities) management and cleaning
  • Child-rearing
  • Family scheduling
  • Spousal upkeep

When you put it in those terms, you start to see how valuable homemakers are to their families. That is not to say that all homemakers are great at maintaining house and home. Instead, we should include homemaking as a factor judges can use in determining family law issues.  If the case is highly contentious, let the evidence prove how much value a homemaker can contributed to the family.

-Celeste N. 11262018

RIP Grandma

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