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How to Balance a Divorce With a Job


Divorces can be complicated and messy. In an ideal world, a divorce wouldn’t require much effort at all. You could easily coordinate your divorce while you work at your desk job. If your lawyer needs information, he or she could discreetly email you and you could respond when you’re done with your meeting.

Unfortunately, divorces don’t work that way. They’re not that simple. The fact of the matter is that you’re likely not going to be able to hide your divorce from your colleagues and managers. You may have to take an extended lunch or leave early to meet with your Fort Lauderdale divorce lawyer. Your human resources manager may want to know why they are being asked by your lawyer to provide pay stubs and financial information.

Dealing with a divorce while working full-time in an office may seem like an impossible feat, but people manage it every day. How do they do it without succumbing to the stress? Here are some ways to successfully manage your divorce while at work.

Try to Schedule Time for Divorce-Related Correspondence

Don’t allow yourself to be distracted while at your job, which can cause your work to suffer. Instead of dealing with divorce issues during the entire eight-hour workday, set aside some time to deal with everything at once. For example, make a list of questions you want to ask your lawyer instead of calling him constantly throughout the day.  By setting aside time for divorce-related items, you can better focus on what needs to be done.

Be discreet

If you must deal with your personal issues while at work, at least be discreet about it. Don’t be leaving evidence where a co-worker or manager can easily find out. For example, if you have to make photocopies, be sure to remove all documents from the machine when you’re done. If you must take a call from your lawyer, do it on your cellphone outside, instead of at your desk on your work phone. You don’t want to draw too much attention to yourself.

Use Your Personal Email Account

If you have to send correspondence to your lawyer during business hours, don’t use your work email. There are two reasons for this. First, you cannot guarantee that your work email will be secure. Your manager may have access to it, which can be awkward. Also, since the server may not be protected, you may end up waiving your right to attorney-client privilege.  Therefore, stay on the safe side and use your personal email if you need to send anything to your lawyer.

Seek Legal Help

A divorce is never easy, and things can get awkward and complicated when your personal life and work life intertwine. With the right lawyer on your side, a divorce doesn’t have to be a balancing act.

At the office of Edward J. Jennings, P.A., we are dedicated to making the divorce process run as smoothly as possible. We offer compassionate assistance during this difficult time. Schedule a consultation with our Fort Lauderdale office today by filling out the online form or calling 954-764-4330.




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