Can Your Ex-Spouse Stand Between You And Your Dream Job?
If you told your friend that your spouse was sabotaging your efforts to find a job and to perform your job duties once you were hired, your friend would say that you were in an abusive relationship. You would say the same thing to someone who told you that their spouse was pressuring them to keep taking on more and more work even though they were exhausted, to stay in a job they hated, or to leave a job they loved. In other words, within marriage, it is financial abuse when one spouse micromanages the other’s career choices and spending habits, but when you get divorced, the court has the right to interfere in your personal decisions about work and money. In the worst-case scenario, your ex-spouse can use the court as a weapon to stop you from accepting your dream job or to put you in such dire financial circumstances that your only option is to work at a soul-crushing job. Your best defense against all of this is a Boca Raton divorce lawyer.
When Your Children Are in Florida, but a Glamorous Life Awaits You Elsewhere
The court is much more likely to interfere in your decisions about work if you and your spouse are the parents of minor children. Divorced parents must abide by a court-ordered parenting plan that determines which days of the year the children are with which parent. Complications can arise if you or your new spouse needs to relocate for work. If you plan to move out of Florida, or even move far enough away within Florida that your move would require you to change your parenting plan, you must notify the court and your ex-spouse 60 days before your anticipated move. Your spouse has the right to ask the court to order you not to move. The more usual outcome is that the court will allow you to move, but it must issue a new parenting plan and modify the child support order accordingly.
The Imputed Income Wars
When you are paying or receiving alimony or child support, how much money you earn is the court’s business. You might prefer a job with less pay and less stress, but the court can base its decisions about how much child support you must pay or receive on the amount of money you could be making if you were more serious about your financial obligations to your family. Imputed income is the amount of money the court assumes you can make, based on your qualifications and employment history, and which it uses as the basis of its decision about an alimony or child support award. You have the right to challenge the court’s decision to impute income to you or the amount imputed.
Contact Schwartz | White About Your Professional Life After Divorce
A South Florida family law attorney can help you if your ex-spouse is trying to stop you from pursuing your chosen career path. Contact Schwartz | White in Boca Raton, Florida about your case.