It is common for married couples in Missouri to have disparate incomes. During the course of a marriage, one spouse may take on more of the child care responsibilities while the other spouse pursues a career. Even if a married couple doesn't have children, one spouse may simply earn a larger income than the other spouse.
When a married couple divorces, the lower-earning spouse could experience a financial setback after losing the financial support of the higher-earning spouse. To compensate for this financial loss, a court may order the higher-earning spouse to make alimony payments for a set period of time or indefinitely. Because most of the assets that are acquired during a marriage are considered marital assets in the eyes of the law, the lower-earning spouse could have equal claim to the marital home and other valuable property that was purchased by the higher-earning spouse.