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“You’re a lawyer? Can I ask you a question?”
I’m a lawyer and part and parcel of being one is people are always asking you for off-the-cuff legal advice. Family and friends, parents at my kids’ school, the wait staff at my favorite restaurants. Anyone and everyone will ask you for free and informal legal advice if they know you are a lawyer.
While I usually don’t just give out free legal advice (time and expertise are what lawyers sell), I am always happy to listen and point someone in the right direction, whether it be hiring me or another attorney.
With that said, there is the one category of informal legal advice seeker that always affects me deeply. I just want to hug and assure her that everything is going to be okay…eventually.
The stay-at-home mom who is thinking about getting a divorce.
Divorce can be overwhelming and frightening
I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for the past 14 years. While I still practice law part-time, I’ve given up my career momentum to raise my family and support my husband in his career. It’s a long-term investment in my family that both my husband and myself believe was (and continues to be) worth making.
But there are significant costs to that investment. If I had to tomorrow, I couldn’t financially support my family’s lifestyle. My kids are also very dependent on me for their day-to-day care and would be devastated by the loss of that care.
When I get a call from a friend or acquaintance who is a stay-at-home mom terrified about the prospect of divorce, part of me always thinks “but for the grace of God there go I.” Different husband, different marriage, different life circumstances, that could be me.
Divorce can be an overwhelming, frightening process for anyone, but it can be especially so for a stay-at-home mom. Maybe she hasn’t worked outside the home or even interviewed for a job in years and is worried she lacks the skills and experience to support her family. Maybe she hasn’t been closely involved in financial decisions and doesn’t have a clear understanding of her marital finances or have a personal financial identity. Maybe she is terrified of losing precious time with her children at a time when they will especially need her love and support.
Educating and empowering women about their personal worth and legal rights in the divorce process
While the divorce process and the life transition that will come with it is a frightening prospect for a stay-at-home mom, with the right guidance, many of her fears can be overcome.
With the right guidance, she can feel educated and empowered about her personal worth and legal rights in the divorce process. With the right guidance, she can speak up for herself and be her own advocate. With the right guidance, she can emerge from the divorce process confidant in her ability to take care of her family.
The first step is finding the right divorce attorney.
Finding the right divorce attorney
One of my top picks for divorce law firms is Alexandra Geczi PLLC.
It’s founder, Alexandra Geczi, is committed to giving women the support, guidance, and power they deserve in the divorce process.
Alex and her team are tireless advocates for their clients. They make their clients feel comfortable and have the experience to give them confidence with the divorce process.
They also see beyond the legal divorce process and offer outside resources to help with the financial aspects of a divorce, which for many women can be equally, if not more, overwhelming and scary.
Unsure about whether you can afford to stay in your house after the divorce? Alex and her team can bring in home mortgage and real estate experts to assist you in making the decision.
Worried about going back into the workforce? Alex and her team work with career counselors and life coaches—many of whom were also once stay-at-home moms who went through divorce-to help you explore your options.
If you are you wondering where to begin, check out Alex’s guide “Divorce Explained,” which breaks it down and provides an overview of what you can expect in your divorce. For stay-at-home moms or homemakers worried about divorce, check out Alex’s guide “I Am SAHM, SAHM I Am: A Guide for the Homemaker Divorce,” which provides special insight into your situation when facing divorce.
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Disclaimer: This post is intended for informational and entertainment purposes only. The information provided in this guide is not legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.