You want to make a list of all the tasks you must complete after you and your current spouse agreed to divorce. Did you include items to tackle at work?
Fast Company offers tips for navigating divorce in your professional life. Take action now to set yourself and your career up for success later.
Inform your boss
When deciding who should know about your divorce at work, put your supervisor or boss first on the list. You may need time off work to make court dates, or your work performance could suffer because of your emotions surrounding your marital split. Either way, let your boss in on the news to help protect your position with the company.
Make a plan for your financial health
Your financial situation undoubtedly looks different now that you must rely on a single income. Decide if you should ask about a raise or work for a promotion. Even if you receive spousal support, something could happen that delays the funds, such as your soon-to-be-ex-spouse not making payments or making late payments. Do your part to ensure your financial house stands no matter what.
If you have shared children with your current partner, you may want to work less rather than more. That way, you get to spend time with your kids and honor your child custody agreement.
Speak with an HR representative
Other than your boss, let HR know about your divorce. You must navigate changes to your taxes, retirement account, health and life insurance, and pension plan. Make a list of all documents you need and changes you must make to HR paperwork.
Marriage and divorce trigger monumental shifts in your personal and work lives. By educating yourself on those changes, you better understand and navigate them.