I always believed that being a mother was the most important job in the world. This is what I was taught. I was a good kid. I went to school, graduated and went out and started a career.
I did as a good girl is supposed to do. I met a guy got married and had a child. I gave up my career making 13.00 dollars an hour to stay home and be the wife and mother so he could advance his career.
Of a 22 year relationship I was a stay at home wife, and mother for 11 of those years. On our anniversary he came off the boat grabbed his stuff and moved in with his girlfriend. I learned very fast that being out of the work force for that many years is worse than trying to get a first job right out of high school. I am seen as having less experience than a kid, this makes it very hard to find a job.
In the process of working on my divorce I have begun to learn about many of our laws. RS14:72 is a law protecting the spouse that stays at home to raise the family.
§74. Criminal neglect of family
A.(1) Criminal neglect of family is the desertion or intentional nonsupport:
(a) By a spouse of his or her spouse who is in destitute or necessitous circumstances; or
(b) By either parent of his minor child who is in necessitous circumstances, there being a duty established by this Section for either parent to support his child.
(2) Each parent shall have this duty without regard to the reasons and irrespective of the causes of his living separate from the other parent. The duty established by this Section shall apply retrospectively to all children born prior to the effective date of this Section.
(3) For purposes of this Subsection, the factors considered in determining whether "necessitous circumstances" exist are food, shelter, clothing, health, and with regard to minor children only, adequate education, including but not limited to public, private, or home schooling, and comfort.
Now I have no shelter, I am struggling with health issues I have had for years. I am dependent upon friends for food and clothing.
Having not worked in 11 years I am considered below a high school kid in experience. It has taken me almost a year to find some place willing to give me a chance.
Being a good little democrat I went to the local DA for help. I was told that if I could work then get a job I am not deserving of this law being enforced. Mr. republican DA Joe Waitz and his assistant DA Ellen are not interested in the point that the law is in place to help people like me. I have been made to feel worthless because I stayed home.