Mississippi Child Custody Attorney Discusses Custody Challenges for Stay at Home Parents

When one parent is accustomed to staying home to care for their children, a custody dispute can turn their whole world upside down rather quickly. Sure, they will still most likely be doing plenty of parenting, but it is likely that they will be doing less parenting than they were previously, especially if they were “on duty” twenty four hours, seven days each week.

Being a stay at home parent can provide the court with helpful information in a custody dispute, as there is likely to be abundant evidence of the strong connections that you have with your children, in addition to your well-honed parenting skills. You may wish to call attention to a few challenges that you are likely to encounter, so that the court can keep its expectations of you reasonable as you transition from being a full time stay at home parent to someone who must now find a job and a place to live, and balance work, parenting, and maintaining their own separate residence.

When parents who have stayed home to raise their children seek to reenter the work force, it is not always easy to do so. Whether you have been out of the job market for just a couple years or for a decade or more, the job market is tight. Depending upon your skill set and the job market in the place where you live, you may be able to find and apply for work that will enable you to do what you have done for work before. It is also possible that a job like the one that you used to have may not be available, and then you may need to think creatively about how to approach your job search. One idea is to look for a job that will train you to do what you are hired to do. If you are open to learning new skills, this may work well for you. Another option is working from home. If you have not looked into the types of work that people can do from home, it is a good idea to do so because there is a surprisingly wide variety of work that people can do at home. From writers to accountants and data entry to customer service, there may be a position that meets your needs.

If you are accustomed to running a household as a team, the thought of setting up your own household may seem daunting. It is not easy to run a household on one income, but it is possible to do so. If you can, do as much advance planning as possible so that you can set yourself up with housing and services that will work well with your budget. Think carefully about every service that you purchase, as you may need to adjust some things like your cell phone plan to fit your current situation.

It can be difficult to adjust to the changes in your parenting time that your child custody case is likely to bring. It is important that you acknowledge how you feel, and that you treat yourself with the same patience and kindness that you are accustomed to providing to your children. Change is not always easy, and you are making some big moves.  Mississippi Child Custody Attorney Matthew S. Poole understands the challenges that stay at home parents often face in child custody cases. If you have a question about a Mississippi child custody case, please call us at (601) 573-7429, to schedule a free, initial consultation.

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Mississippi Child Custody Attorney Discusses Custody Challenges for Stay at Home Parents
Mississippi Child Custody Attorney discusses challenges associated with divorced stay at home parents.