Going through a separation after a marriage of any length is hard – especially when it comes to finding ways to make ends meet financially as a single person. If you're preparing for a separation or have recently separated from your significant other, there are a few things that can make the transition into this new stage in your life a little easier. Here, you'll find a few tips to help you take your first steps.
Search for Low-Income Apartments
The first thing you'll need to do is to find yourself a place to live – somewhere that you can afford. Start searching for low-income apartments in your area. If you have kids or pets, make sure to keep them in mind as you search – some facilities do not permit kids or pets – to make sure they are welcome.
When you apply for the low-income apartment, you'll need to prove how much money you make and receive in alimony or child support. Your assets may also be taken into consideration. Get your papers together – you'll likely need at least the last 30 days pay stubs, maybe a bank statement for the previous month, and any notices from the courts ordering you to be paid by your former spouse.
There are income limits for these apartments, so you will have to wait for the approval to go through, which can take days or weeks depending on the facility. Talk with them to explain your situation, and they may be able to rush the paperwork through and get you into the apartment faster.
Utilize Community Resources
Churches, schools, and all kinds of non-profit organizations are out there to help people when they need it most. Finding the furniture for your new place might be a challenge, but it's possible that you may be able to get really great deals or even donations of furniture that people no longer want or need.
These community resources can help you in so many ways – it's not just about filling your new place with furniture and housewares. If you need help with getting transportation to work, getting a job, help with the kids, or medical needs, discuss your needs with these wonderful people and allow them to help you the way that they know how.
These next several months may be challenging, but it's a new start. Take on each day like a survivor – you will survive this change and be better because of it.Share