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Tips for divorcing a spouse who is a coworker

Ending a marriage is full of many challenges. Many Clarksville couples find it easier to get through the divorce process by establishing separate residences and limiting the time they are around each other. Couples who happen to work together face all sorts of unique challenges that can make their separation harder to manage and create much strife at the workplace. 

Part of preparing for divorce is anticipating potential issues that could interfere with a fair outcome. Spouses who constantly fight and bicker often forget they are their own worse enemies, as their actions can severely cripple their credibility and lead to an unwanted settlement. Here are some suggestions to help coworking spouses keep their divorce out of the workplace

Change work schedules 

The less time spouses spend around each other, the lower the chances of divorce drama occurring on the job. Though both parties may have scheduling preferences and feel they should not have to adjust their hours because their marriage is over, failing to do so can lead to the situation spiraling out of control and possible reprimands, leading up to termination if divorce issues spill over into work. 

Inform HR 

Changing one’s schedule is not always easy, especially if prior approval is necessary from human resources. Also, it is best to notify an HR representative of the upcoming change in marital status, so appropriate actions are taken to update all employment, financial, payroll and insurance documents and to help to facilitate the processing of subpoenaed documents. 

Practice discretion 

Nothing fuels workplace drama like issues involving relationships. Divorce is a hot topic everywhere. To keep everyone from putting their nose and two cents in where it is not wanted, practice discretion. It is not necessary to spill details or spread rumors about the spouse to make her or him miserable during work shifts. 

Divorce is not always pleasant, but the right tactics and common sense can help minimize conflict and emotional turmoil and ease the transition for everyone.

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