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Telling Your Boss About Your Divorce: Is it a Good Idea?

If you are about to get a divorce, you are probably beginning the process of breaking the news to some of the people in your life. Should you include your boss in your list of people to inform? It probably seems like an unnecessarily personal thing to bring up in a professional environment, but it would actually be a good idea. You are certainly not obligated to tell your boss, but doing so can make your life at work easier. The divorce process can potentially be lengthy and you might have to miss time from work or leave early for mediation sessions or court dates. If you inform your boss, he or she will hopefully be able to accommodate some of your needs.

How to Approach the Conversation

Telling your boss about your divorce in a professional manner might seem challenging, but as long as you leave out the personal and often gory details about why this is happening, you can successfully get through this conversation. The key to professionally conducting yourself is to focus on how your divorce will impact your ability to perform your job. How much time will you have to miss from work? Do you expect to experience any difficulties focusing on the task at hand? Be honest with your boss if you need a lighter workload. Of course, your divorce should not be used as a free pass to stop performing to the best of your ability, but hopefully, your boss will be understanding of your situation.

Although it would be wise to inform your boss of your divorce, you do not necessarily need to tell your co-workers. In fact, it might be better to tell as few co-workers as possible to avoid this topic being brought up during the workday. Talking about your divorce at work will only distract you and make it difficult to focus on your job. The less you are thinking about your situation at work, the more productive you will be.

Additionally, you will have to update some paperwork with human resources, so make sure you check with them to see what must be done. You will likely have to update your tax forms and health insurance forms, for example. If you are unsure what requires updating, ask them and they will be able to help you complete everything that requires your attention.

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If you are getting a divorce, the legal team at Singleton Smith Law Offices, Inc. can help you get through this process and protect your interests. With over 25 years of collective legal experience and a history of success, you can rest assured our team will provide the exceptional services you need to achieve your goals during this difficult time. Our attorneys can handle contested and uncontested divorces, military divorce, high asset divorcee, and more. There is no reason for you to go through this alone.

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