Washington State Divorce Planning For The Stay-At-Home Mom

Studies have shown that many women stay in unhappy and even abusive marriages simply because they are stay-at-home moms that are not sure how to start a new life outside of a two-parent household. However, it is important to know that an unhappy marriage is not good for anyone in your family and that life as a single (and happy) mom is possible with good planning if that is what you want.

Here are a few planning tips and thoughts for stay-at-home moms thinking about or facing a divorce:

•    Realize that child support and spousal support will help, but that it isn’t an ultimate answer. Read about Washington State child support laws and try to get a rough idea of how much money you may be entitled to in the event of a divorce – but also have a plan in case payments stop coming and for eventual financial independence.
•    Consider going back to school. Many stay-at-home moms have not been in the workforce for years or may have never entered the workforce. Getting a degree can help open up new and more lucrative employment options.
•    Think about daycare. One large difference between a one- and a two-parent home is the necessity of childcare help outside of the home. Do you have relatives or friends that can help, or can you afford a day care center or in-home care? Assess your options.
•    Review your skill set. What kind of jobs do you have the skill and education to obtain? Get creative and realize that starting with a lower-paying or part-time job is a step in the right direction.
•    Know that you have help. There are a number of organizations and non-profits that specialize in helping single moms – and there is absolutely no shame in taking advantage of these services, which can help you get food, pay your rent, brush up your resume, and find a job.

Are you a Washington State stay-at-home mom considering divorce or in the process of divorce? Make sure you have a competent, aggressive Seattle divorce attorney on your side. Call Molly Kenny 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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