Post-Divorce Plans: Steps to Self-Sufficiency
Are You Ready for Life After Divorce?
Preparing for life after divorce can be intimidating. Your post-divorce plans may not be well formed at this time, but now is the time to look to the future. Many find themselves facing financial hardship after divorce and are unable to be self-sufficient. This is a common position for those who made career or educational sacrifices for the good of the family during the marriage. This is an honorable thing to do, but it can leave you unprepared in the event of divorce. Post-divorce plans can include education or retraining to give you the knowledge, skill set, and experience needed to find gainful employment so you can be self-sufficient.
It is important to carefully consider your employment prospects after divorce.
This is a great time to think about finishing your education, retraining for a new position, or changing careers altogether. These plans are best laid during the divorce. This allows you to factor in the costs of such endeavors into your expenses. In some cases, the costs of your education or training may be a considering factor when calculating alimony.
Finding a way to become self-sufficient is important for many reasons.
Needing to provide stability for your children is a big reason, but gainful employment can give you more than just a paycheck. It provides independence from the financial support of others, gives you a new purpose in life, and can be a safety net if financial support is reduced or ends. Consider what education or training you may need to get a good job after your divorce. Tuition or the costs of training programs may be included in your alimony, so don’t wait until after the divorce to decide. You can also apply for scholarships or grants specifically for women returning to the workforce. Discuss the different options you have for paying for your education or training after divorce with your attorney or mediator.
Knowing how to properly plan for your future after divorce isn’t intuitive. It goes way beyond just making sure your bills will be paid.
You may need some guidance in this area, even if you and your spouse can agree on most parts of the divorce. Working with an experienced Massachusetts divorce mediator on your post-divorce plans can provide you the information and guidance needed to make sure all your bases are covered so you can move on with confidence and security.
Do you have questions about how you can prepare for your life after divorce? If so, Mediation Advantage Services can help. Experienced in divorce mediation, family law attorney Polly A. Tatum can help you and your spouse navigate the mediation process while you both prepare for your future. Based in historic Worcester with a satellite office in Northboro, MA, our firm serves all cities and towns throughout Massachusetts and Worcester County including, Auburn, Paxton, Leicester, Sutton, Grafton, Shrewsbury, Westboro, Northboro, Southboro, Holden, Sterling, Princeton, Worcester, Charlton, Millbury, Dudley, Spencer, Brookfield, Sudbury, Natick, Framingham, Hopkinton, Milford, Blackstone, Leominster, Fitchburg, Acton, Jefferson, Barre, Oakham, Cambridge, Newton, Marlboro, Lancaster, Bolton, and Hudson. Call our office at (508) 795-1557, fill out our online form, or email us at [email protected] today to schedule your Complimentary Mediation Success Planning Session. You can also sign up for our eNewsletter or download our free e-book for more information regarding divorce in Massachusetts.