January is notorious for a spike in divorce filings. Law firms often report two to three times as many contacts about divorce during this month than any other time of year. Couples point to waiting for one last holiday season before filing, or to the stress of the holidays themselves giving rise to the final push toward divorce.
Regardless of the reasons, it is a tumultuous period in life. Even amicable divorces are disruptive. As such, it is wise to take a logical approach and protect your career from any negative fallout.
Three specific steps that can help you stay ahead of the fray include:
- Valuation. In the event that you own a business, get a fair valuation right away. Hopefully, as noted in Entrepreneur Magazine Online, you kept your business finances and personal finances separate during the marriage. This will help ease the transition into divorce and further protect the business. Organize records of the business finances to help during this valuation process.
- Communication. Let business partners or your immediate supervisors, as well as the human resources department, know about the divorce. This is particularly true if you anticipate a contentious divorce process that could result in time off work.
- Focus. Attempt to remain focused while at work. If dedication to work helps to reduce the stress of the divorce, put some extra attention to your professional development. If not, a continued work routine could provide the comfort of stability.
Following these steps, along with the assistance of an experienced family law attorney, will help you navigate through the divorce process, including property division, child custody, and support negotiations, as well as addressing spousal support.