Just because you are getting divorced does not mean your daily schedule changes. You still have other obligations. You still have a strict schedule at work and goals you need to accomplish. How do you balance the two?

It can be difficult, especially if it’s a stressful and complex divorce. Here are some tips that can help:

  • Only talk on the phone or answer emails in a private setting. It’s best not to do it at work at all, but, if you have no other choice and it’s an urgent message, find a private place to do so.
  • If you’re sending divorce-related emails from the office, log out of your work email and use your personal account for those messages.
  • Work in advance to coordinate the schedules. If you have a court hearing, for instance, tell your employer as far in advance as you can to get the time off. If you have a business trip, tell your legal team that you’ll be out of town.
  • Only tell the people who need to know. Don’t talk about it with co-workers. At the same time, make sure you do tell people in key positions. For instance, if you set up your own bank account, you need to tell payroll where to wire the money. You may need to talk to human resources, and you may also have to tell your boss or supervisor so they can understand your time-off needs.

These tips do help, though divorce remains complicated and often stressful. To help, make sure you are well aware of exactly what legal steps you will need to take.