“I and married for almost 7 years and with that I have 2 kids with my husband. I am currently in a family crisis where my husband and I haven’t had good relationship (we’re not always talking but living in the same house). Today, we decided to live separately. I have no work as of the moment since my kids have been sickly and been going in and out of the hospital that made us decide that I stop working and be a full time mother and housewife. Now that my husband will be leaving our house, leaving the kids with me, I want to know what are my rights as a legal wife and him being the father of our kids?“
Because no legal advice is given in this forum, let’s limit ourselves to general legal information in addressing this query received through email.
Separation between the spouses, while unfortunate, is a reality in life. In case of separation, the husband may be compelled to support the kids AND the wife. The husband and wife have the legal obligation of mutual support. The manner of computing support and the remedies for demanding support, which are basically covered by the same principles for spouses and children, are discussed in a previous post (click here). [Incidentally, the tasks associated with being a housewife — by the mere fact that she takes care of the the kids, the family and the house — are deemed contribution to the acquisition of conjugal property.] Refer also to the previous discussions on child custody and protection orders.