Welcome back to our chat about divorce, and how parenting a newborn during the split can mean unique challenges for a divorcing couple. As we discussed in the previous article, child custody is an important issue, and you should make a point to see an experienced family law attorney as soon as possible. to make sure you’re on the right track to begin with.
But custody is only the tip of the iceberg. There are so many other factors that come into play when you’re ending a marriage but have a very young baby. Next up we’re going to be looking at child support, which is also a very important issue you’ll need to address as quickly as possible.
Expect to pay child support to the parent doing the daily work
Many families have one parent continue working and one parent stay home when a baby is born. Daycare is expensive and can be very unsettling, especially for new parents. So having one parent stay home as the primary caregiver is incredibly common.
Divorce often doesn’t change much on that front. If one parent is working to support their child while the other parent provides them with the care they need, then chances are the working parent will pay child support while the other parent becomes the primary caregiver.
Child support is very necessary when only one parent is working!
For parents, usually moms, who are staying home with their babies, even after divorce, money is usually tight. Diapers, and wipes, and formula, and bottles, and clothing to fit the ever-growing body of your baby, are only the tip of the iceberg. There are car seats and strollers and blankets and teething rings and books and toys as well!
Babies seem to need a lot of things, and stay at home parents aren’t free to work for that money, so they often rely on the working parent to provide it for them. And if you’re the working parent, then you should expect to be the one who funds the needs of your newest addition.
Parenting a newborn during divorce presents unique challenges
Divorce at any time in life presents challenges. For parents, that can mean a lot of added decision making and planning, and when it’s a baby you’re planning around, there are a lot of things that need to be taken into account. Lucky for you, you don’t have to do this alone.
At The Kronzek Firm, our highly skilled family law attorneys have been helping parents with children of all ages to navigate their divorces for decades. We understand how stressful it can be, and exactly what needs to be done to achieve a successful outcome for you and your family. So if you’re considering divorce, call us at 866 766 5245 right now, and talk to someone who can help.