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A key element affecting the contours of family law

The practiced legal team at the New Jersey Law Office of Rajeh A. Saadeh in Somerville has seen a broad evolution in recent years concerning factors that centrally influence family law.

Much about custody – especially expectations and judicial presumptions – has changed within the past generation, for example. As we note on our firm’s website, shared parenting has become increasingly common.

Many other family law-linked matters have also undergone transformation. Alimony/spousal support, property division, third-party (e.g., grandparent) visitation rights, post-divorce modifications – the parameters and contours regarding all these things and more have turned out to be far flexible than immutable.

And now there’s this, as reported recently in one national publication spotlighting a growing phenomenon: the progressive empowerment of women concerning family financial matters.

That trend – clearly evidenced and with obvious staying power – is flatly material. The national Pew Research Center notes that, while less than 4% of women outearned their husbands in 1960, approximately half do so these days.

Moreover, the trend is accelerating. Relevant statistics reveal that more females than males presently attain college degrees and subsequently secure jobs/careers with comparatively higher pay.

The implications for many matters germane to family law are clear enough. More women are entering marriage with substantial assets and savings that they want to safeguard in the event a divorce ever becomes likely. More men than ever before become stay-at-home dads and seek spousal support during dissolution proceedings. Matters surrounding family businesses – valuation, continued operation, termination and equitable division and so forth – are more common than ever.

The growing number of women now becoming primary breadwinners in their marriages has been termed a “seismic” shift in the family law realm. The implications of such change are both significant and ongoing.