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Dealing with divorce in the workplace

It is important to keep the divorce out of the workplace as much as possible. However, this is easier said than done for many soon-to-be exes in California. That's why it's important to create some strategies for dealing with the process.

Anxiety from divorce issues and the time it takes to deal with them can be consuming. Rather than face continual interruption throughout the work day, it's better to set aside time each day to phone the attorney or do other necessary divorce-related tasks. Make phone calls in private, and send emails using a personal account. Having the communication pass through an unprotected server could put the attorney-client privilege in jeopardy. It's also wise to inform attorneys of court dates that may conflict with other work commitments.

In some cases, bringing the divorce to work may be inevitable. Someone in human resources may need to provide certain information. Business partners and some secretaries may need to be informed. Other than this, it's wise to remain discreet at work, particularly since in rare cases, a coworker could be deposed in the divorce.

Some exes are able to come to agreements about property division and child custody without going to court. Even in the case of a complex divorce that may involve issues such as owning a business or complicated investments, negotiations can be successful. In a community property state like California, a spouse is entitled to an equal share of the marital assets. However, negotiating can mean alternative arrangements to each person getting 50 percent of every asset. Legal counsel could help with this process.

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