What do you know about handling divorce at work?

| Dec 17, 2020 | Divorce |

After your recent decision to divorce, you have several other decisions to make. Have you considered how to navigate your split with your Florida-based employer?

Fast Company provides insights you may find useful. Do what you can to protect your professional future while taking care of your personal future.

Share the news with your boss

One of the first people in the office to share the news of your divorce with is your boss, manager or supervisor. You may need to take time off to attend meetings with your legal advocate, and there may be days when your work performance dips because of your divorce. Both situations require you to be open and honest with your boss to protect your position with the company and make proper accommodations.

Talk with HR

If you and your current spouse share the same health care or retirement plan, you likely want to make changes to account for your marital split. Sit down with an HR representative to figure out what paperwork you must sign to reflect your new marital status. Also, do not forget to account for how your divorce affects your tax withholding. Ask about any company life or disability insurance policies you may need to adjust.

Reconsider your financial health

Perhaps you brought in the bulk of your income in your marriage. Or maybe you financially relied more on your soon-to-be-ex-spouse. Either way, decide whether to ask for a raise or throw your hat into the ring for a promotion. Receiving alimony or child support can help with the loss of your partner’s income. Alternatively, you may have to pay child support or alimony, which could also require asking for a raise or earning a promotion.