Countless people are facing hard times. According to a recent report, nearly 4 million Americans filed for unemployment by the end of April. While a job loss can hurt you and your family, facing unemployment amid divorce can come with extra challenges.
Keep the conversation about your current job search
Depending on your circumstances, courts may make certain decisions based on your job status. But due to a tough economy, you may have some more negotiating power. However, remaining diligent is crucial, especially if you’re looking to reduce spousal or child support payments.
If you can prove that you lost your job through no fault of your own, you could have a better chance of keeping the odds in your favor. However, if you got fired for inappropriate misconduct or illegal activities, it may be harder to state your case. If you want to remain in good standing with the judge, here are a few things you can do:
- Talk about virtual networking events you attended.
- Show transcripts of conversations you had with recruiters.
- Show transcripts of job virtual job interviews you did.
- Show the judge updated copies of your resume and cover letter.
- Show the judge your list of references.
While showing this evidence can be helpful, you should know that unemployment checks can also count as income. Because of this, those may be subject to spousal or child support payments.
Dealing with both can be stressful enough
Going through a separation is one thing. But losing your job in the middle of divorce proceedings can feel like the end of the world. Luckily, you can still make it out on the other side. If you have any questions about how to handle this situation, you may benefit from the help of a trusted legal partner.