A very common fear about life after divorce is around not having enough money and living in poverty. That’s why developing a plan for your financial independence is critical and implementing it is cause for celebration and admiration:
I’m most proud that I’ve always been able to maintain a steady state for my children, to stay employed. When I was with my first husband I had a sense very early that I was going to need to support myself. I had graduated college with a teaching degree but there were no teaching jobs so I decided to go to nursing school. Nursing has allowed me to maintain a nice home for my kids and not really rely on anybody.
Between the ages of 22 and 38 Kim Katz was married twice and divorced twice with one child from her first marriage and two children from her second. She’s a great example of why it’s important to have a plan to be financially independent.