If you are the primary caregiver in a two-parent household, you will have to address important life decisions when it comes to separating from your spouse. You want to continue caring for your children, but you will also have to earn a living, which is a new challenge and not always an easy one to handle. Our experienced divorce attorneys want you to know that life as a single parent is possible with a little planning.
Divorce Planning for a Stay-At-Home Mom or Dad
If you are considering separating from your spouse, you need to figure out what your life is going to look like after divorce. Often, the stay-at-home parent has given up their career in order to raise the children, making them less financially secure after separation. While you may be able to collect spousal support for some time after the divorce, you will ultimately need to earn an income to support yourself and your children.
As the stay-at-home parent, it is vital that you:
Decide on a custody arrangement.
Both spouses are expected to meet their financial obligations to their underage children. If the kids live with you, you will likely be able to receive child support payments. If you are returning to work, you may need part-time childcare. You may want to ask your family members, friends, or neighbors if they can help, or price out some day care centers.
Look for a job with a future.
In the short term, you may need to get a part-time job using your current skills and education. However, a good part-time job will either allow you to further your education or climb the ladder to a career. If your part-time job pays well, you may be able to work around your children’s school schedules and eliminate the added cost of daycare.
Consider going back to school.
Many people use their divorce as a time to start over, including getting their degrees or going after their “dream job.” If you have been out of the workforce for some time, you may need to enroll in adult education classes or a certification program that will open doors in the future.
At Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum, we have provided sound advice to many spouses, protecting their rights and financial security as they start their new lives.
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If you are considering a divorce you need to speak with an experienced Rhode Island divorce attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Warwick office directly at 401.946.3200 to schedule your free consultation. We help divorce clients in Providence, Warwick and all areas of Rhode Island.