Making a major life transition like a career change when your world is already in turmoil due to a divorce is a bold decision. You may feel that it is a matter of necessity to provide better for your children in terms of support and/or care. On the other hand, the upheaval may provide you the opportunity to do something that you have wanted to do for yourself.
In either case, keep in mind that the court will closely scrutinize your decision to change careers at this point. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing. If you are a parent and you can demonstrate how the change will be of greater benefit for your children, it may even work to your advantage when determining matters related to support and custody.
Nevertheless, there can also be negative consequences to a career change during divorce, meaning that it may not be worth the risk, at least not right now. To help you decide whether you can handle a change of careers at this point, here are some of the possible disadvantages and advantages.
A career change during a divorce could raise new questions about financial matters, such as asset division and both spousal and child support. Attorneys for both parties will have to perform more due diligence to satisfactorily resolve these matters. As a result, the divorce process may take longer.
You may wish to leave the job you took to support your family to pursue other passions. However, if you stand to earn substantially less as a result, you may want to put this off until after the divorce. Otherwise, it may appear to the judge that you are trying to lessen your support obligations.
On the other hand, if you are taking a higher-paying job or re-entering the workforce after years as a stay-at-home parent, the court may look favorably on this as an effort to take on more financial responsibility. However, if you take a job that affords you more time to spend with your family because of flexible hours or less overtime, this can also work in your favor.
Even if you decide that a career change is not advantageous now, you may be able to pursue it after divorce finalization.