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Should I Tell My Boss About My Divorce?

A divorce is a major change that will affect all areas of your life, including at work. You might have to leave early or take days off to attend court or mediation sessions and there are some days when you might feel so overwhelmed by your emotions that it could affect your ability to take on your usual workload. As such, you should tell your boss about your divorce and have a game plan ready for how to handle this in a professional manner.

Here are some tips that will help you handle your divorce at work:

  • Talk to your boss about how it might affect your job duties: When you tell your boss about your divorce, do so by keeping the focus on how it might affect your schedule or job duties. Divorce can take time and you might have certain obligations that will require a little flexibility in your work schedule. Explain how you plan to stay on track with your work or if you will need a little extra help or time to ensure things get done. Whatever you do, refrain from getting into the details of why your marriage is ending. You should also avoid using your divorce as a free pass for failing to do your job.
  • Speak to someone in human resources as soon as you can: Certain papers will need to be updated when you get divorced, so head to human resources to inquire about any changes that must be made to your retirement plan, pension plan, tax forms, and health insurance. If you work for a small business, it is possible your boss might handle these matters as well.
  • Take care of yourself: If you want to remain productive and professional at work, it is important to take care of yourself and your mental health. Focus on self-care, such as consuming a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and taking little breaks at work to clear your mind and boost your mood. If you let your negative emotions consume you, it will be near impossible to focus on the task at hand. You should also refrain from taking calls from your divorce attorney during the workday or having conversations about your divorce while you are trying to work. Save it for the end of the workday to avoid it having an impact on your ability to do your job.

Contact an Experienced Divorce Lawyer Today!

Getting a divorce is a complex and emotional experience that requires skilled legal assistance to avoid making unnecessary or costly mistakes that could impact your future for years to come. At Bremer Whyte Brown & O'Meara, you can expect our divorce team to provide the exceptional legal advice and representation you need to get through this experience. We can handle a vast array of family law issues, including child support, divorce, property division, and more.

Contact our office today for the solutions-oriented support you need at (949) 229-8546 and schedule a confidential consultation to discuss the details of your case.