Divorce can torpedo your life as you know it. You will no longer be married to the person you thought you were going to spend your life with, you may become a single parent, and you may even lose friends and relationships with in-laws to whom you had become close. But what you may not realize is that divorce can also torpedo your career if you’re not careful. You may think that you can keep your personal life separate from your work, but when you are in the middle of a divorce, you may find that difficult. It´s important to work with an Gilbert divorce attorney, who can help you through the process.
Here are a few of the ways that divorce can negatively impact your career:
Missed Time during the Day
You are going to become a lot busier after you file for divorce. You are going to have to have calls and meetings with your divorce lawyer in Mesa, meet with financial advisors and accountants, and go to court hearings. You are going to be missing a lot of time from work.
You may be able to use paid time off to deal with some of these responsibilities, but you may find yourself juggling your schedule most of the time. You may be coming in early some days and staying late on others. But no matter how you deal with it, you may find that you have a lot of scheduling pressure and your boss may become frustrated with your lack of availability. Be honest with your boss about what you are going through and develop a plan of action to minimize the impact that your new scheduling demands will have on your work.
Reduced Hours for Childcare
If you have children and get a divorce, you may find that you have a lot more demands on your time. Even if your spouse is remaining involved as a parent, you may have more responsibilities. You will likely be splitting your time with the kids, and when the kids are with you, you will be responsible for staying home with them when they are sick or when school is canceled, you will be responsible for attending conferences, and so on. Your spouse is likely to be much less cooperative about splitting these duties.
You also may need to cut your hours just to spend more time with your kids to help them through the divorce. All of this time off from work might draw the ire of your boss. But even if it doesn’t, you will certainly be less available for doing the work that will help you get ahead.
Increased Hours to Meet Financial Demands
Divorce is expense. Not only will you have to pay legal fees, but you may also be ordered to pay child support or alimony. You may start struggling to make ends meet, and so you may want to work more hours to make up the shortfall.
Typically, asking your boss for more hours isn’t going to be a problem. Bosses are usually happy to have employees who want to work more. But bosses also have payroll budgets, so if you are really pushing for more hours or more pay and your boss can’t accommodate you, that might cause some tension at work.
Trouble Re-Entering the Workforce
When a couple is raising children together, it is not uncommon that one of the parents stays home to tend to the needs of the children. If you were the person who stayed home, you may find yourself suddenly having to re-enter the workforce with your divorce, and you may be having trouble.
You may need to get new training or education to find a new job. Even if you don’t, you may need to get ready for a long job search and for explaining to potential employers why you were out of the job market for so long.
Divorce can cause troubles you might not realize for your career, but with the right planning and the right divorce attorney, you can get through the process a little easier and with fewer consequences. Call My AZ Lawyers if you are thinking of getting a divorce. Our dedicated Gilbert divorce attorneys are ready to help you get the divorce settlement you need quickly and with a minimum of disruption. Our divorce attorneys also offer flexible scheduling to help you minimize disruptions to your work. We work with clients throughout Mesa, Glendale, Tucson, and Phoenix. Contact us today to schedule an inspection with a divorce lawyer.
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