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Re: Children after Separation/Alimony

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Approximate rule of thumb for marriages in Switzerland.

(Total Assets - assets prior to marriage - inheritence)/2 is how the wealth accrued is split.

In a mutual marriage, where both parties are earning and there are no children, courts are unlikely to award alimony if the marriage has lasted <10 years.

In the case of children things change. Child support is dealt with separately, so we'll skip that for a moment. For alimony the primary care giver will receive a payment from the other party. Both parties have to submit their total income and expenditure and the court will decide on an equitable split. Typically this amount reduces over time as the primary care giver is required to return to work once the children pass various age milestones.

Things are never quite as black/white as above - and the courts are becoming a bit tighter where the primary care giver is highly qualified - even if they have been out of the workforce for a significent amount of time.

In the traditional model the alimony is there to compensate the woman for having given up her job/career to care for the home/family etc.

Divorce law in Switzerland is very different to the UK and US.
What are the age milestones?
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