For a while fans of The Simpsons feared the animated sitcom would come to an end after a longtime producer of the show announced the marital split of Homer and Marge. As you may know, the marriage has been on the rocks many times over the course of 27 seasons, but you probably wouldn’t have guessed that the couple from Springfield would “legally separate.”
Fans’ fears were assuaged, however, when it was revealed that the separation would not be permanent. The spouses’ latest dispute is related to Homer’s undiagnosed narcolepsy, and apparently the issue is resolved in the season premiere. Still, even a not-so-serious separation like the Simpsons’ raises a number of issues that undoubtedly strike a chord with real-life couples going through divorce in Texas.
Never-ending child support? For the Simpson children, yes.
If Homer and Marge were to split up, then Homer, being a nuclear plant employee while Marge mostly stays at home with the kids, would probably have a significant child support obligation, especially when you consider that the kids never age. Bart, Lisa and Maggie are all minors, apparently blessed with eternal youth, so unless the show’s writers decide the kids should grow up, they remain perpetually entitled to child support.
Note: the Texas Family Code does not cover the topic of eternal youth. In Texas, children are entitled to child support until they turn 18, graduate from high school or get married. Child support may also extend beyond age 18 under certain circumstances, such as when the child has a disability.
Could Homer learn to change Maggie’s diaper?
The rumored Marge-Homer divorce also brings to mind questions of child custody. These days, judges are more likely to recognize the importance of both parents being in a child’s life. Still, a judge’s main concern is doing what is in best interests of the child, and often parenting time is not split equally.
With that in mind, how do you think parenting time would be divided between Marge and Homer? And who would stay in the family home? While every family is different, often the parent who stays in the home is also the parent who has more time with the child.
Or to divide their marital property — known as community property in Texas — would Homer and Marge agree to sell the house and split the proceeds? And given that Marge has mostly stayed at home with the children and supported Homer’s career, what would an alimony agreement look like?
Let’s hope that Homer and Marge never need a family law attorney’s advice in these matters.