Navigating a divorce is difficult for everyone, even for women with stable careers and good finances. If you are a stay at home mom, contemplating divorce can feel even more daunting if you have been out of the workforce or lack financial security. If you are a stay-at-home mom who is considering filing for divorce in New York, there are some things that you should know before submitting the paperwork. At the Law Offices of Steven Gildin, our experienced divorce attorneys can help you through the process and make sure that you are both protected and prepared for what comes next.
Gather the Documents You Need
The first thing that you will need to do if you are contemplating divorce is gathering all of the necessary documents. Almost all divorce matters are analyzed, negotiated, and settled by looking at the paperwork. This includes gathering your family’s income tax returns, your spouse’s W-2, insurance policies, retirement or pension account information, mortgage documents, credit card statements, bank account statements, and more. This will both give you a better picture of your family’s finances and prepare you for the divorce process.
Track Your Spending
If you are not already, you need to begin to track your spending. This includes everything for you, your spouse, children, and the family as a whole. Break down how much is spent on groceries, toiletries, personal care, medication, extracurricular activities, memberships, utilities, loan payments, and more. By tracking your spending and the spending of your family, you can ensure that the final divorce decree will provide you with enough to support yourself after the divorce.
Prepare to Enter the Workforce
You should also begin to prepare yourself to enter or reenter the workforce after the divorce. Start to think about what career paths are open to you now or what work you are interested in pursuing. Will you need additional education or training? By having a plan prior to filing for divorce, any additional costs required for you to enter the working world can be included in the divorce settlement.
Hire an Experienced Divorce Attorney
Finally, hire an experienced divorce attorney who will protect your interests throughout the process. You want an attorney who can help you every step of the way and will know exactly what you need for success after the divorce is finalized. Your attorney should be able to explain and communicate with you throughout the process and zealously advocate for your needs. As a stay-at-home mom, your needs in negotiating a divorce settlement are different from those of a mom who works outside of the home, and you need a lawyer who recognizes that. At the Law Offices of Steven Gildin, we have helped many stay-at-home moms contemplating divorce and are here to advocate for you.
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To learn more about your legal options as a stay at home mom thinking about divorce, Call or contact us us today at the Law Offices of Steven Gildin now to learn more.