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Should you tell your boss you are getting a divorce?

On Behalf of | Jan 2, 2024 | Divorce |

When you are going through a divorce, your family members and close friends are the people you naturally want to discuss the matter with. However, you may also need to share your personal life at work. 

Here is why you might consider telling your boss you are getting a divorce:

Your productivity may be affected 

Divorce is an emotional process – it will affect almost every aspect of your life, including your work. You may not be as productive as before. Further, you may need to take some time off to attend hearings, mediation sessions and so on. 

Informing your boss about your divorce can benefit you considerably. They can reduce your tasks and allow you to have a flexible schedule during this period.

Going through a divorce without your boss knowing can be overwhelming. It can be challenging to complete your work duties efficiently and participate in all divorce processes. 

To make changes to your paperwork 

You may want to change your information if your spouse’s name is in any of your work-related documents or if you want to start using your maiden name. To make these changes, you will need to inform your boss about the divorce.

What about co-workers?

If you have been in your workplace for a long time, your co-workers will most likely recognize when you are not okay. In turn, they will ask questions. If this happens, simply tell them you are going through something at home but will be fine. 

You don’t need to share every detail about your personal life with co-workers, especially those you rarely have contact with.

Telling your boss about your divorce can help you get through it without jeopardizing your career. You should also get legal help to protect your interests throughout the divorce.