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How to Tell Your Boss About Your Divorce

If you are getting a divorce, you likely know that you will not be able to keep this from your boss for long. After all, divorce is a time-consuming endeavor and will sometimes require you to take time off from work to go to court appointments, mediation sessions, or counseling appointments. Of course, it can feel a little unprofessional to broach this personal subject at work. How can you tell your boss about your divorce while maintaining a sense of professionalism?

Below is a list of some tips that will help you tell your boss about your divorce:

  • Avoid being confessional: When talking about your divorce, it might feel only natural to talk about it the way you would to a friend or a family member. After all, it is a deeply personal matter, so it feels only natural to get confessional. However, when you talk to your boss about your divorce, you need to switch gears and keep it professional. Instead of talking about what went wrong in your marriage, talk about how the divorce might have an impact on your job and responsibilities. If you know how often you will have to miss work or if you believe you need someone to help you with your workload at this time, make sure you are clear about these details. These are the issues that will matter to your boss.
  • Make sure your boss knows what to expect: Try to provide as much information as you can regarding the effect your divorce will have on your job. This is a time to really take an inward look at yourself and figure out if you will need extra attention, understanding or time. Let your boss know what to expect, so that when the time comes, the ripple effects of your divorce are not a surprise.
  • Never use your divorce as an excuse: The world goes on, even when you are in the middle of a difficult divorce. While this might not be an easy time for you, remember that you still need to perform at work and fulfill your duties. Hopefully, your boss will offer some understanding, but it is important not to take advantage of it or to abuse the bit of leeway you might be getting. A divorce is not an excuse to deny your job responsibilities and, ultimately, you will end up facing the unpleasant consequences of such actions.
  • Ask about any necessary paperwork that must be updated: Another reason why telling your boss about your divorce is crucial is due to the fact that you will likely have to take care of some paperwork with your human resources department. Any time your marital status changes, you will need to update your tax information and even your health care information. Make sure you understand what is necessary for you to complete.

Experienced Divorce Attorney in Florida

If you and your spouse are planning on getting a divorce, you should not put off seeking the skilled legal representation you need to ensure your interests are well protected and that the process goes smoothly. At the Law Office of Jerome P. Ventura, our legal team has been assisting clients navigate the divorce process for over 25 years and is backed by a proven track record of success. You should not have to go through this emotional and difficult experience on your own.

Get started on your divorce case today and contact our law firm at (954) 280-6119 to request your free initial consultation with our knowledgeable and compassionate divorce attorney.