Many Utah couples make the determination that one parent will stay home to raise the children while the other works. This arrangement may work well while the parties are married, but, in the event of a divorce, it could become problematic -- particularly for the parent who stayed at home. The stay-at-home parent could find him or herself at a financial disadvantage without receiving alimony.
A bill that just passed through the Utah legislature's House Judiciary Committee recognizes this fact. HB 244 would make it mandatory for the state's family law judges to consider the fact that a parent stayed at home with the children when deciding whether to award alimony. Moreover, it could affect the amount of alimony a party receives.