If you and your partner have decided to divorce, there are several things you’ll need to consider about your new way of life. Divorce comes with several challenges that are unique to your family structure. If you’re a Maryland resident, here are some important things to know.
Divorce changes your standard of living
If you were the one paying most of the bills, you may notice that you have a little extra money at the end of the month if you’ve moved to a smaller space. However, this “extra” money may be necessary to pay attorney fees and other costs that come with ending a marriage. If you were the stay-at-home parent or didn’t make as much as your spouse in the marriage, you will likely find that the monthly bills can be overwhelming. This may require you to take on another job, especially if you have primary custody of the children.
Household duties may change
After your divorce, you may have to take care of the children more often than you normally would. If you have joint custody, you may have to get used to dropping the kids off at school on your way to work or making sure dinner is on the table every night. This new way of parenting may mean that you’ll have to make significant changes to your schedule and take on more tasks than you’re used to now that your marriage has ended.
You’ll need support
Your friends and family will likely be there to help you sort through your feelings during and after the divorce. But you’ll also need support to maintain your new family dynamic. You may have to get used to letting your ex spend time with the kids without you or entertain the idea of dating again. Friends, family, therapists and clergy can all be sources of support at this time.