Re-Starting A Career After A Divorce

This month we shared a new study with you that found that more women than men struggle financially after a divorce – with some women reporting money issues for up to ten years after their divorce was finalized. One of the reasons that women experience financial stress after a divorce? According to financial experts, both men and women tend to focus on the emotional aspects of a divorce while putting financial considerations aside until after the divorce is finished.

Finding financial security after a divorce can be the most difficult for stay-at-home moms and stay-at-home dads. Many parents who opted to raise their children fulltime have been out of the job market for years – and some may not have much significant job experience to fall back on after a divorce. However, it is absolutely possible to jumpstart your career after a divorce, even if you have partial or full custody of your children.

How can you get back into the job market and start generating income after your marriage ends?

•    Review your job experience and skill set. What are you good at? What did you do before you were married and had children? What interests you? Making sure you pick the right field when you are returning to work is key, both to choosing a successful career that you love and to finding a job that you will thrive in.
•    Consider returning to school. The more advanced degree you have, the better jobs you can apply for. Although it will not generate income immediately, returning to school to finish college or to get a professional degree in a specific field can help you find a new career with a steady income.
•    Have a plan for childcare. If you have physical custody of your children, you will need a plan for their care while you are at work. There are a number of options these days for single parents, including programs that provide childcare for struggling single moms. Do your research and find an option that works best for your family.
•    Take advantage of your network. Even though you may not have many connections in the job world, you still have friends and family who are willing to help you, especially as you go through a difficult time and transition to your new life. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and don’t be afraid to try something new.

Finally, you should understand that you may need child support or spousal support after a divorce. If you are considering divorce and have questions about securing alimony or child support, talk to a Washington State divorce attorney today.
Molly B. Kenny
Founder and Principal Divorce Attorney
Molly B. Kenny's Bellevue family law office is conveniently located on Lake Bellevue Drive, making it easily accessible to those in the greater Seattle area. Our divorce and child custody lawyers help men and women get the information, guidance, and compassionate representation they need.
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