Having a child can put a tremendous amount of pressure on a marriage and in particular women, if they take over the role of mothering. That was what was recently discovered in a study which said that motherhood is the equivalent of working two and a half full time jobs. More than 2,000 American moms recently participated in the study conducted by Welch’s and the average day of a mother goes from 6.30 in the morning till 8.30 at night, approximately 98 hours of work per week. The survey also found that the average mom gets a maximum of one hour and seven minutes of time to herself every single day. The pressure of constantly having to care for others can add to strains already present in the marriage and can lead someone to contemplate getting a divorce or separation.
Communicating with an experienced divorce attorney is important, particularly when children are involved. The courts are responsible for identifying what will happen to child custody, child support, spousal support and distribution of property if the former spouses are unable to come to an agreement on their own.
It may be in your best interests to pursue methods of alternative dispute resolution to see if you can come to terms of agreement with the former spouse but if you are unable to do so, the judge is responsible for putting together orders of what will happen to your family. Given that child custody is often one of the most contested and emotional aspects of ending a marriage, it is important for mothers and fathers alike to have their own legal representation to support them during this otherwise challenging time.
If the difficulties of parenthood have altered your relationship or made existing problems even worse, you might be wondering whether separation or divorce could help. You likely need to walk through your unique concerns with the help of a lawyer.