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How to tell your boss you’re getting a divorce

There is no law stating that you have to tell your boss that you are getting a divorce. It's up to you to decide if this is something you want to do.

Some people are comfortable speaking with their boss about their personal life, especially if it may have an impact on their work. Others, however, would rather keep their personal life and work life separate.

If you want to tell your boss you're getting a divorce, here are three tips to follow:

  • Decide how much you want to say: Maybe you'll tell your boss that you're getting a divorce and leave it at that. You won't get into the details about why, when or the challenges you're facing. Or maybe you decide to share more details, hoping that you'll find someone to lean on during this difficult time. There's no right or wrong answer, as long as you have a plan.
  • Let them know it won't affect your work: You don't want your divorce to take a toll on your work life, as this will only add more stress. Let your boss know that your divorce won't get in the way, and if it does, you'll take time off.
  • Write a script: Don't go into the conversation without a basic idea of how to approach the subject. If you do, you could find it difficult to share your thoughts in an appropriate manner.

Don't hesitate to tell your boss you're getting a divorce if it'll help clear your mind. Once this is off your chest, you'll feel better about tackling the divorce process and finally putting your marriage in the past.

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