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What to say to your co-workers about your divorce

Divorce is a personal decision, so it's your right to keep it to yourself. However, there may come a point when you want to share your situation with the people in your life, which includes your co-workers.

Explaining what's happening to your co-workers is not always easy, but these tips can help:

  • Write it out: Rather than think on your feet, have a basic idea of what you want to say. If nothing else, it can provide you with a good lead-in to the conversation.
  • Don't talk to everyone the same way: For example, if you have a close relationship with a particular co-worker, you may want to tell them face-to-face outside of work. Conversely, if you're telling your boss about your divorce, doing so in a brief email may be the best way to go.
  • Get support: If you're going to tell your co-workers about your divorce, don't necessarily shoot them down when they want to provide support. This doesn't mean you have to include them in the divorce process, but lean on them for support when necessary. This can be as simple as asking for someone to cover for you during a particularly bad day.

Whether or not you tell your co-workers about your divorce is a personal decision. If you decide to do so, these tips will help keep you on track.

Once you share the appropriate details with your co-workers, you'll feel better about juggling your work and personal life during the divorce process. This allows you to focus more of your time and attention on protecting your legal rights and moving on with your life.

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