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How divorce may impact your job

On Behalf of | Feb 13, 2024 | Divorce |

Divorce is a sensitive matter that you may wish to keep private. However, even though it can be uncomfortable, you may need to break the news to your boss and colleagues.

Here is why:

It can affect your work

Divorce can affect your work in several ways. For example, you may need to attend divorce proceedings during work hours, which means you may need to leave work early or arrive late. Doing this can be easier when your boss knows what’s happening, as they can make your schedule more flexible. 

Additionally, a marriage you thought would last forever ending can be emotional. And this can affect your work performance. You may need to reduce your tasks or take some time off. Your boss can be more supportive when you keep them in the loop.

Further, you may need to make changes to your paperwork after the divorce. For example, if you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse jointly filed income taxes, you may need to change the tax information.

Do you need to tell your co-workers as well?

You don’t need to inform your co-workers about your divorce, especially if you are not close with them. However, if they knew your spouse, perhaps your spouse was invited to work events, it may be wise to tell them about the divorce since they may learn about it in another way.

What should you tell them?

You don’t need to provide in-depth details when telling your employer and co-workers about your divorce. Your boss only needs to know what you are going through, the changes you wish to make and how you plan to stay on track with your responsibilities. 

You can inform your co-workers you are going through a divorce and politely remind them to respect your privacy. 

Talking about divorce at work can be uncomfortable, but it may be necessary in certain circumstances. Consider legal help to know the steps to take.