Finding yourself pregnant while considering divorce or while pursuing a divorce can complicate the process and even stall it completely, depending on the state. If you are thinking about divorce during pregnancy, you must carefully contemplate the possible roadblocks.

For example, some states have rules in place that enact a waiting period before a spouse may file for divorce or have a divorce decree granted. Depending on this wait period, the child may be born before the divorce is finalized, which may bring up new issues that need to be resolved.

Additionally, in many states, if a woman becomes pregnant while still married or going through divorce proceedings, then the law considers the husband to be the father of a child born up to 300 days after divorce. Having a father to assign paternity to is considered important because he can take financial responsibility. However, these issues of paternity can also be problematic if seeking a quick divorce or if one spouse is abusive.