Whether you are the one filing for divorce or you were served with papers out of the blue, the overwhelming question of “What do I do now?” strikes stay-at-home mothers harder than most. Before you panic, take comfort in knowing that Brad Crider and his team of experienced family law attorneys are here to help you. With his expertise in the Complex Division of Assets and Debts, Brad will help you gain financial stability to ensure you and your children are taken care of throughout the divorce process. Here are some tips for stay-at-home moms to consider when meeting with your trusted Crider Family Law attorney.
Before you meet with an attorney, you will want to get a good handle on your present financial situation. Obtain documentation of all your assets and debts to show to your attorney so that he can determine your net worth independently of your spouse. Some of these documents include:
- Tax returns
- Mortgage statements
- Checking and Savings account statements for the past 2 years
- A list of all debts in your and/or your spouse’s name
- Statements from IRA accounts, pension plans, or mutual funds
- Title, registration, and outstanding debts on all vehicles
What you learn from your attorney and financial planner will help you determine what opportunities you have for re-employment and/or continuing education.
With this information, you should begin making a plan for your future. It is unlikely you will be able to continue the same lifestyle you had before, so plan ahead and be proactive. Begin exploring what opportunities you have available to you and make a list of things you would like to accomplish in the near future. Begin by finding ways to meet your basic needs, such as finding housing, income, and care for your children. If you have been unemployed for quite some time, this may seem daunting. However, you have probably developed several marketable skills and unique interests since becoming a stay-at-home mother. Use your resources to network with family, friends, old co-workers, your community, and ask your attorney for help.
At Crider Law, we understand that every circumstance is different and unique. Our informed and experienced attorneys will work with you to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your children.