Divorce can put financial strain on any family. But during tough economic times, you may be out of work. No matter how it happened, job loss can leave you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse with financial uncertainty.
You may worry about how your loss could hurt your reputation in front of a judge. That’s because they can determine the outcome of things like asset division, spousal support payments and child custody.
It depends on the circumstances
If your job lays you off or forces you into unpaid leave, you may get more sympathy from a judge. If that’s the case, they may give you time to find new work. If you’re paying alimony when you lose your job, you could also request payment reductions.
However, if you lost your job inappropriate conduct, theft, insubordination or some other offense, you may not get the benefit of the doubt. Even if you’re not paying spousal or child support, losing your job could skewer a judge’s perception of you as a caretaker. If they see you as irresponsible, they may question if you can be a reliable parent.
How can I make a case for myself?
When unemployed, remaining confident and optimistic are crucial for securing your next job. Here’s how you can prove that to a judge:
- Tell them about your current job search
- Show them networking events you’ve attended
- Bring transcripts of phone calls with recruiters or other employers
- Talk about interviews you’ve attended
- Bring copies of your resume and cover letter
- Show them your list of references
There’s always another opportunity around the corner
Losing your job amid your divorce can feel like the end of the world. Luckily, you can find a way to get back in the labor market and back on your feet during divorce.