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Tips for stay-at-home moms transitioning through divorce

by | Nov 7, 2017 | Blog, Firm News |

Most people plan to be with their spouse forever. However, that is not always the case, and sometimes, divorce is necessary.

By nature, divorce proceedings tend to be complex, but they can be especially difficult for stay-at-home moms. There are a few tips stay-at-home moms can keep in mind to aid them during their divorce proceedings.

Understanding her rights

Florida statute title six chapter 61 fully details the various aspects of divorce in the state. Before or during proceedings, moms may want to take time to review the law and understand how it applies to them. It may also be helpful to seek counsel from a knowledgeable attorney.

Create a parenting plan

Working with an ex-spouse to create a parenting plan may be beneficial in building a stable situation for the children. Otherwise, the court will make the decision, which the parents may not agree with.

Know her employability

Alimony serves as a bridge payment, therefore, it is not meant to be permanent. If a stay-at-home mom has employable skills but chose to stay at home, or has the capacity to learn new skills, she may receive temporary alimony until she finds a job. However, if a stay-at-home mom is older and has been in the marriage for 10 years or more, the judge may award long-term alimony.

Develop a financial plan

There is a saying that, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” This is very true when it comes to financial standing. Whether she works out an agreement with her ex-spouse or receives an award from a judge, a stay-at-home mom should consider her award amount and expenses and create a financial plan that allows her to maintain a fruitful life.

These are some of the tips for the divorce process you may want to give thought to if you or a loved one face a divorce as a stay-at-home mom.