“Divorce is a life-changing experience for any family. For the stay-at-home mom, the consequences of ending a marriage can be even more dramatic. Many stay-at-home moms believe they will be able to maintain their current lifestyle after a divorce. Start putting the plan in motion as soon as possible after you and your spouse decide to divorce. Some states don’t require an extended period of separation before a divorce goes through, though some require up to a year’s separation before a divorce is granted. Make use of the time before and during the divorce to stabilize yourself and your children.”
For any mom, divorce is a hard thing to handle. For stay-at-home moms, it can be even tougher to handle, as you’ll have to figure out how to support yourself and the children without the income from your soon-to-be ex husband. Take a look at these tips to help you plan and survive on your own.
1. Consider Your Skills
Chances are you’ll have to go back to work. If it’s been awhile since you’ve been in the workforce, your skills may be outdated. In this case, the best thing you can do is use the skills you have to land a job, and look to tuition reimbursement, online colleges or on-the-job training to build your skill set.
2. Look for Jobs
Once you’ve determined your skills, search through various outlets, both online and off, to try to locate a job that matches your skill set. If nothing is available, consider visiting a local JobLink for help. Working from home may also be a possibility. Consider becoming a virtual assistant, freelance writer or a customer service representative. If these don’t suit you, there are several other work at home options, and you can find plenty of information here at WAHM.com.