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Don't let your divorce impact your work

A divorce -- even a relatively amicable one -- can be one of the most stressful events in a person's lifetime. It's difficult to keep it from impacting your work life.

However, you need to leave the emotions and worries about your divorce at the door when you go to work every day. Otherwise, you could jeopardize your job. That's the last thing you need at a time when your financial situation is likely changing and you're starting a new life on your own. That's easier said than done, but here are a few tips.

Try to schedule your appointments with your attorney for after work hours if possible. Many lawyers will meet with clients in the evenings or on weekends to help minimize the impact on their job. If you can't do that, at least try to schedule these appointments at the end of your workday so that you don't have to come back afterwards and focus on your responsibilities there.

If you can minimize the impact on your co-workers and manager whenever possible, the easier it will be to take time away from work when you need to in order to deal with court dates and other matters that can't be rescheduled.

When you're at work, focus on that. Learn to keep your mind from wandering to all of the issues you're dealing with in the divorce. Set aside a time each day after work when you will focus on divorce issues. This will help you compartmentalize your life. This may mean not opening emails from your attorney until you're at home, no matter how tempting it may be to deal with them immediately.

It may be helpful to let your manager know about the divorce and emphasize that you are committed to not letting it impact your responsibilities or create a burden for others in your workplace. If you do find that it is impacting your work, talk to your attorney about ways in which you can keep your divorce from intruding on your daily responsibilities.

Source: The Good Men Project, "The Stress of Divorce: How to Keep it From Affecting Your Job," Oct. 07, 2017

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