You might be surprised to learn that in some circumstances a divorce can damage your work life. When you and your spouse decide to part ways, it is generally assumed that it is a personal matter that should have little to no impact on your professional life. Therefore, you may be wondering: How could your divorce damage your career?
Tips to Prevent Your Divorce From Damaging Your Career
If your divorce gets messy, it can bleed into every aspect of your life, including your work life. Therefore, knowing how to prevent your divorce from hurting your career is crucial. Here are a few tips for how you can help prevent your divorce from harming your professional life:
- Alert your boss and Human Resources – Tell your boss and your HR department that you are going through a divorce. Telling your boss will let him or her know to expect you to need some schedule flexibility at some point to attend court dates and other divorce proceedings. Letting your HR department know that you are getting a divorce will enable you to get important information from them that you need to know, such as how your health insurance premiums, retirement plan and pension will change.
- Make sure you have a budget in place – Typically, both sides take a financial hit in the wake of a divorce or legal separation. Therefore, have a plan in place as to how you will handle your finances following your divorce.
- Do not make any hasty decisions – Take some time following your divorce to get used to life after marriage before making any big decisions, like moving, quitting your job or going back to school.
- Do not take your mental health for granted – The divorce process is an extremely stressful time. Make sure you are not taking calls from your lawyer during the workday unless you absolutely have to. Eat healthy. Get to the gym a few times a week. Limit the time you spend at after work happy hours. Talk to a therapist, friends and family about the situation.
The experienced divorce attorneys at Hoover Krepelka, LLP know how to help you handle your legal separation or divorce discreetly, so that it does not become an issue that negatively impacts your professional life.