How your Ohio family law firm can help you transition back into the workforce after divorce
“How will I support my kids?”
If you’re a stay-at-home mom facing divorce, this is undoubtedly the question that rings in your mind.
While dipping your toe back into the job market can be a bit intimidating, it’s the turning point to building your personal and financial stability. Follow the steps below to help ease your transition and regain your independence.
Five ways to return to the workforce after divorce
Once you have your finances in order, it’s time to approach employment. Even if you’ve been out of the office for decades, there are key steps you can take, today, to step back into workforce.
- Brush up on your communication skills and save money on daycare by finding freelance jobs you can do from home. While this won’t sustain you for the long-term, it can be a viable option while you’re searching from something permanent.
- Be social. Not only do the applicants you’re competing against use social media, so do employers. Post to LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook to show that you’re up on industry trends while showcasing your social know-how.
- Research the best employers for workers over 50. The Society for Human Resource Management and AARP compiled a list of the Top 50 Employers who recognize the value of older workers and tend to recruit mature workers.
- Search for openings at smaller companies. Lower operating budgets can mean that smaller businesses can’t afford to recruit high-salary employees. Someone with your experience (who isn’t demanding dollar signs) could be just what they’re looking for.
- Get certified. Adding skills and certificates to your resumé, such as the latest technology or advancements in your field, shows that you’ve stayed up to date while out of the office. You can also look into earning a specialized certificate from a community college or trade association.
In central Ohio, you can visit the New Directions Career Center. This resource is dedicated to assisting women who are transitioning back into the workforce and helping them move towards financial stability. They also offer career guidance and a network of women you can connect with who are in similar situations.
Still can’t find a job?
While the court may order spousal support, know that Ohio doesn’t have any specific spousal support guidelines. If needed, the court will establish “appropriate and reasonable” support by considering different factors such as:
- Your standard of living before your separation
- Your income or your earning ability
- Your health
- Your education
- The duration of your marriage
Find an Ohio family law firm that will support you every step of the way
Of all the decisions you make, choosing your lawyers is the most influential. At Babbitt & Dahlberg, we’ll be there alongside you to plan every move, from the divorce filing to your household budget.
Don’t face divorce alone—contact our Ohio family law firm today.