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Getting through work while getting through a divorce

| Jun 25, 2020 | Blog

Michigan employees who are going through a divorce are likely to find it difficult to focus on work. Divorce takes up a fair amount of emotional energy and time, especially for couples who own multiple assets whose marital property value needs to be assessed and divided equitably. It is natural for people to take time to recover from a divorce, and it is important to know one’s limitations in the workplace while still performing one’s best.

If a person going through a divorce feels so distressed that he or she is unable to complete a time-sensitive or stressful project, it is best to tell a boss or supervisor as soon as possible. Though it is not a good idea to get into the details of a divorce with one’s boss, it is better to let a boss know if an employee feels that he or she is not up to a particular task.

While it is fine to confide in a coworker who is also a close friend, it is generally best to limit conversations about the divorce during work. Talking about a divorce at work may make it harder for people to drag themselves to the office since they will begin to associate work with negative ruminations about the split. Staying away from the topic of divorce also helps people avoid dealing with awkward unsolicited advice from coworkers.

When someone is going through a separation, it is best to keep a support system outside of the office and to spend time with friends and family who can help the person cope emotionally. For matters pertaining to the actual separation procedure, such as how to file for a divorce and determining which assets qualify as marital property, it is a good idea to consult with a family law attorney to see how he or she can be of assistance.