Getting a divorce is stressful especially when you are pregnant. When you are expecting a baby, the entire process of trying to figure out how to proceed, how assets will be divided, etc. can be extremely emotional and exhausting. If you have decided that divorcing your spouse is what’s best for you and your child, you will need some help.
Couples in Massachusetts are allowed to finalize the divorce when they are expecting. Meeting with a reputable attorney like Jay Davis to create a strategy early will help you make sure you’re following all the federal and local laws regarding divorce while pregnant in your state.
If you want to learn more about filing for divorce while pregnant, or you want to work with an experienced Massachusetts divorce attorney dedicated to protecting you throughout the process, we can help. To discuss your situation with Jay and his compassionate legal team at Davis Law Group, give us a call at 617-221-3548 or contact us online.
Tips to Help You Deal with the Emotional Distress During Your Pregnancy
If you or your partner have filed for divorce, and you are expecting, the following self-care and wellness tips will help you handle this emotionally draining process in a healthier way.
Develop an Emotional Support System
Pregnancy brings a lot of hormonal changes in your body, which results in mood swings among other things. And when you have a divorce on your plate, the ambiguity about the future and bitter emotions can run high, causing a lot of stress that’s not good for you or your unborn baby.
This is the time when you need support from your loved ones the most. A trusted friend or family member can provide comfort and encourage you to take better care of yourself. Share your thoughts and feelings with someone who can listen to you patiently, help you see the silver lining, and combat any negative thoughts.
Seek Professional Help
Regardless of how “mentally sorted” you are or how many loved ones surround you at any moment, nobody is strong enough to manage the stress of single parenthood and divorce on their own. Sooner or later, you will need help with the divorce procedure, postnatal care, and even household chores.
Don’t hesitate to take it easy and involve professionals such as your local Massachusetts divorce attorney, a gynecologist, a therapist, and a part-time housekeeper. These people can take a lot of burden off your shoulders and make you feel less overwhelmed and alone.
A focused divorce attorney like Jay Davis, who is knowledgeable about the local laws in Massachusetts, can help you understand your parental rights and figure out the best course of action for custody of your yet-to-be-born baby. He can also help you make informed decisions for a better future. Call us today at 617-221-3548 or leave us a message here to set up a free consultation.
Take Care of Your Financials
This may not seem like a relevant emotional coping strategy at all, but in our experience, sorting out your financials to prepare for life as a single parent is incredibly important for your peace of mind and overall well-being. If you don’t have a handle on your finances, for example, you don’t yet know what will happen to the house or how you will manage to pay for pre-natal, post-natal, daycare, and other expenses, it can result in significant anxiety and stress.
So, enlist your expected and current income and expenditures, review your tax returns, and create a household budget. Determine how you will manage all the expenses related to you and your baby. How long do you plan to be on maternity leave? Will you go back to work? It is really important that you understand your cash flow situation so you can plan a comfortable future for you and your child.
Work Out a Co-Parenting Plan
Both you and your ex are going to be parents, which means both of you share the common goal of raising a child and providing for their needs. Your child’s best interests must be at the core of all your co-parenting decisions from now on. Do your best to keep your differences aside and work with your ex so your little one can bond with them as well and be assured that both parents love them equally.
However, if you and your ex are unable to agree on anything and can’t seem to work out a mutually beneficial co-parenting plan, it’s recommended to involve a parenting consultant or a counselor in your discussions.
Let Davis Law Group Help You Deal with the Uncertainty and Stress of a Divorce
Divorce and pregnancy are two major lifestyle changes that are tough to handle all on your own. But when you combine the two, you have a recipe for an emotional rollercoaster that can leave you feeling frustrated, confused, and anxious.
Jay Davis is known for his compassion and tenacity when it comes to children — making him the best divorce attorney in cases where little ones are involved. He and his seasoned legal team at Davis Law Group understand how trying this time and process is for you. We can help you find answers to the many challenging questions you face including alimony, child custody, child support, and visitation.
Call us at 617-221-3548 or write to us online to schedule a free and confidential consultation.
James H. (Jay) Davis III
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