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Tips for Handling Work During Your Divorce Process


As you’re going through a divorce, it can be easy for the process to overtake
every aspect of your life.

Many people find it extremely difficult to focus at work, which could lead to lower performance and potential disciplinary issues.

There are steps you can take to help you remain focused on your career as your divorce proceeds. Below are a few examples:

Keep your boss in the loop

Your boss or supervisor will almost certainly understand you will be a little more distant or distracted than usual during your divorce. While it is completely understandable to want to keep your personal life to yourself, divorce is an element of your personal life that could bleed into and affect your work life. Thus, it’s important to let your boss know that you’re going through a difficult time.

This isn’t to say you need to inform your supervisor of all the excruciating details of the divorce—you can keep those to yourself. But being open about your divorce can help them understand your situation, as well as potentially connect you to some support services available through human resources.

Take care of divorce tasks on your own time

When you’re at work, you’re at work—leave your divorce outside. It might be a good idea to block all divorce-related communication during your work hours. Don’t answer calls or texts, and don’t read divorce-related emails. Focus on your job. You can probably use the distraction.

Take on more work

One of the best ways to forget about your divorce and deal with the stress you’re experiencing outside of work is to take on more responsibility at work. Lead more projects and take on more tasks.

Don’t overcommit yourself—use your best judgment regarding the responsibilities you assume. Having more to do can help you stay busy and keep your mind focused on things other than your divorce while at work. It can become your escape.

Look for a support network

One great way to improve your ability to stay focused at work is to make sure you have the support you need outside of it. In addition to seeking assistance from loved ones and friends, find organizations and support groups that can help you through this challenging period in your life.

Focus on your health

Another great way to redirect the stress of your divorce is to focus on your health. Get a gym membership, start eating healthier food and get enough sleep every night. Not only will this improve your personal health, but it will also likely have a positive impact on the quality of your work.

For the legal guidance and support you need when dissolving your marriage in California, contact a trusted Fresno and San Diego divorce lawyer with The Law Office of Rebecca Medina.

Rebecca MedinaAbout the Author: Rebecca Medina

Rebecca Medina is an experienced Family Law attorney, mediator and Collaborative Divorce Lawyer serving the Fresno and San Diego areas. She handles cases ranging from complex divorce matters to child custody, spousal support, prenuptial/postnuptial agreements, QDROs and uncontested divorce cases. She was rated “Clients’ Choice” by Avvo.

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