Divorce is a tough life event, no matter when it occurs, but it can be especially hard during pregnancy. What should be one of the happiest times of your life can be overshadowed by the dissolution of your marriage, and concerns about you and your baby’s future.
Nevada divorce attorneys have helped women in a variety of situations, including pregnancy. If you’re pregnant and facing a divorce, consider these tips:
- Build a support network – To help with the demands of pregnancy and to help you cope with the emotional and financial impacts of divorce, you’re going to need a strong support network. Don’t be afraid to ask friends, co-workers, and family for help. You may be surprised at the kindness and generosity of those around you.
- Secure the services of a skilled attorney – The very worst thing you can do is go it alone during a divorce, especially when you’re pregnant. Filing pro se can be a big mistake, as you may end up giving up important financial support and other considerations in a divorce settlement, especially if your husband has representation.
- Consult with your attorney about state laws – States each have their own peculiarities of law when it comes to divorce and pregnancy. For example, Florida will not allow pregnant women to file for divorce – they have to wait until they give birth. In Missouri, Texas, and some other states, a divorce can’t be finalized until after delivery. The delivery date may also have an impact on whether your husband is declared the legal father of the child.
- Maintain your health – The absolute most important thing you can do during this time is stay healthy for yourself and your baby. In times of severe emotional distress, it can be tough to stay focused on eating right, taking supplements, and making it to all of your doctor’s appointments, but it’s necessary. Lean on your support network and make your physical and mental health a priority.
- Establish boundaries and lines of communication – You and your husband will need to determine what his level of involvement with the child will be. Resolving these issues as amicably as possible can greatly benefit your mental and emotional health. You’ll also need to establish healthy boundaries, such as rules about communication and contact. Be fair, but also be firm about acceptable conduct and behavior.
An abundance of stress during your pregnancy can have negative health impacts for you and your unborn child. Finding ways to cope with the end of your marriage and the changes it involves will help you make this transition as easy as it can be and aid you in making the right decisions for your baby.
The McFarling Law Group offers Nevada residents caring and experienced representation in divorce and family law cases. Emily McFarling is a veteran Las Vegas family law attorney who is a Board Certified Family Law Specialist and a recipient of the Pre-eminent AV Rating. To schedule a consultation, call 702-565-4335.