Divorce and Your Career

For a lot of people, the office is like a second home. Many Americans spend a large number of waking hours at work, and what a person does for a living is generally considered to be a big part of who they are. Because of this, when someone is going through a stressful life change, such as divorce, it can often have a large impact on their career.

Regardless of the emotions involved, divorce is a significant event in a person’s life. The emotional distress can be overwhelming and distracting, making it very hard to concentrate on work. Stress can also be hard on the body, causing headaches, stomachaches, and other ailments that may lead to time away from work. Besides potentially decreased performance and the possibility of missed work, those going through a divorce may also face upsetting situations such as having their employer subpoenaed for information. Spouses that work together or who own a business together face additional difficulties, including the possibility of unemployment. Individuals that did not have a paying job while married may find themselves looking for work as well.

Another career impact divorcing parents face is the possibility of divorce restrictions limiting where ex-spouses can live. In Florida, divorced parents who share custody of their children cannot move more than 50 miles from their residence at the time of their agreement. This may mean passing on a promotion if it requires an out of state move. (Of course, this doesn’t mean a parent is unable to relocate; there are legal procedures to follow if a parent has a reason to move. Speak to an Florida family law attorney if you are facing this situation.)

From separation to a final settlement, the entire divorce process can be lengthy, as well as emotionally draining. For these reasons, it is important to seek the counsel of an experienced divorce attorney who can help you through the legal process. The right lawyer can maximize your opportunities for success in a Florida family court.

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