Divorce Tips for Stay at Home Parents
By Henry F. Lewis on August 26, 2019
Divorce can be a tumultuous and stressful experience for anyone. A divorce attorney represents clients through divorce negotiations to help settle issues as amicably as possible and with the client’s best interest in mind. Stay at home parents often feel especially vulnerable during a divorce, so it is important that they have a knowledgeable lawyer on their side.
Attorneys Michael A. Gardner and Henry F. Lewis can provide important divorce tips for stay at home parents. They are prepared to help our Oakland, CA, clients settle financial and custodial matters so they don’t have to worry where their income will come from after a divorce, how they will be able to provide for themselves and their children, and how much time they will get with their children once custody issues are settled.
Gather Important Documents
When a stay at home parent is going through a divorce, it is important that they work with attorneys who can protect their best interests and help build the foundation of their new future. To help clients most effectively, divorce lawyers need a clear picture of the family’s financial situation.
Before meeting with a divorce attorney, stay at home parents should gather financial documents that outline the couple’s assets, as well as any debts. Documents that are particularly important to our Oakland divorce attorneys include:
- W2s and tax returns from recent years
- Bank statements
- Mortgage statements
- Credit card statements
- Statements from any existing insurance policies or investment accounts
Make a Financial Plan and Budget
When our attorneys have a clear picture of our client’s assets, they will be able to help them work on a new budget and financial plan. Stay at home parents need to be realistic about what type of monthly expenses they will have, how much they can expect to receive from the divorce, and how much money they will need to make to cover their expenses.
Plan to Return to Work
Even with child support and alimony (if applicable), most stay at home parents cannot continue to support themselves and their children without regular employment income. Although it may not be necessary to return to work right away, they should create a plan to make them more employable so that they can eventually return to the workforce.
Stay at home parents may want to consider school or other training opportunities to prepare them for a career. Our attorneys can look into options such as temporary alimony so that stay at home parents get the financial support they need to provide for their family while they search for gainful employment. They may even be able to ask the other parent to contribute to education and training.
Consider Child Custody Options
Financial issues are important in a divorce, but many parents are most concerned about custodial issues. Our Oakland clients should be upfront about what they are looking for in regards to legal and physical child custody, as well as child support. When our attorneys know the client’s desires, they can go over potential legal options, as well as what types of challenges clients may face.
Unless there are extenuating circumstances, parties should be prepared to share legal and/or physical custody of their children. However, our attorneys can work with clients to create a detailed custody plan that will divide time fairly so that both parents are able to enjoy important dates and holidays with their children.
Schedule a Consultation
A divorce can be a complicated proceeding, but attorneys Michael A. Gardner and Henry F. Lewis are prepared to work for our clients so that things go as smoothly and amicably as possible. If you are considering a divorce and would like to learn more about your legal options, call (510) 451-4822 to schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience.
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