ST. LOUIS, Missouri. Divorce can have a ripple effect on all aspects of your life far beyond your relationship. It can impact your children’s lives, especially if they will be living in two homes after your split. It can also affect your work life. If you are getting divorced, how should you handle divorce at work?
According to Fast Company, if you are getting divorced, your first step should be to let your boss know what is going on. While you want to assure your boss that you’ll meet your responsibilities at work, you’ll also need some flexibility when it comes to meeting with your attorney or when it comes to your court dates. You may also want to tell people on your team what’s going on. While many people try to power through their divorce with a “stiff upper lip,” your divorce will have an impact on your work life, whether it means changes in your mood or days where you just feel “fuzzy.” This is normal. Letting others on your team know what’s going on can promote compassion. That said, try to avoid venting too much to your workmates. Letting work be a neutral place away from your divorce is not only healthy, but it could protect your job. According to the Huffington Post, your goal should be to be as professional as you can while accepting that a divorce might indeed impact your productivity for a short period of time.
Another thing you’ll want to consider is how divorce will impact your retirement accounts, health premiums and coverage, pension plan, and life insurance. Eventually your work’s human resources department may need to update your information accordingly.
Fast Company also notes that a divorce can be a great opportunity to reassess your career. While you probably don’t want to be making any major moves or changes in the short term, you might want to start contemplating the long term financial impacts of your divorce. For example, paying for two households can be more expensive than paying for one household. You’ll need to crunch the numbers to see what you can afford and determine whether you should be looking for a raise or for advancement. Many people thrive in their jobs during divorce because they have more time to focus on themselves and their own goals after a marriage ends.
Finally, while it may be difficult, try to set boundaries between work and home life. While it might be tempting to take that call from your divorce lawyer, you might want to check your messages after work, handle the call during your lunch break, or take a personal day to deal with bigger issues. Divorce can sometimes feel like a full-time job, but with the assistance of a qualified divorce lawyer, you don’t have to navigate the process alone. Reach out to the Behrens Law Firm, L.L.C. in St. Louis, Missouri today to learn more about your options and rights under the law. We can help you navigate the personal and legal challenges that divorce can raise. Visit us at http://www.barbarabehrensdivorceattorney.com/ to learn more.
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