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Starting a new job during an Arizona divorce

On Behalf of | Aug 13, 2015 | Family Law

Divorce can be a hectic time in the life of an Arizona resident. There are a multitude of decisions that must be made within a short period of time, and those choices are often weighed in the midst of emotional turmoil and uncertainty about the future. For spouses who receive a job offer during divorce, the decision to take the job or pass on the offer can become complicated.

Many spouses fear that signing on for a new job could affect their child support or spousal support award. While it is true that the income of both spouses is factored into the process of calculating support, the impact of starting a new job is often negligible. In addition, the positive aspects of returning to the workforce often offsets any monetary losses in terms of support payments.

Refocusing on one’s career can lead to an increase in confidence and financial stability. For some, the social aspects of going back to work can be a welcome relief during a divorce, as there are often a number of opportunities to make new social contacts and expand one’s network of friends. Finally, parents are able to give their children an excellent example when they head back to work, which shows resilience, fortitude and a great work ethic.

For Arizona spouses who are considering a return to work during a divorce, it is important to have all of the facts before making a decision. A divorce attorney can take all of the information and run the numbers, and can give an estimate of what child support or alimony payments would look like, both before and after a new job is taken. Having this information can help spouses make an informed decision when it comes to taking a new job, and moving forward to their new future.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Top 6 Reasons You Should Take the Job Despite Your Divorce“, Morghan Leia Richardson, Aug. 5, 2015