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How to juggle work and divorce priorities

It's important for any soon-to-be ex-spouse in Virginia to not let the divorce affect their professional life. This means not talking about the divorce unless it is strictly necessary. The only work colleagues who may need to know are business partners, HR professionals and any secretaries who handle scheduling.

Avoid leaving any confidential information out where others can look at it. All digital divorce-related information should be placed in a master folder where it can be accessed easily as needed.

Divorce stress can pile up and divorce-related issues may arise throughout the workday. The best way to deal with this is to set aside a dedicated period of time to deal with those issues. Phone calls should be made outside in a private office. Furthermore, it's important to only send emails using secure personal accounts.

Some spouses might want to consider hiring an attorney near work since that could make it easier to schedule meetings during the day. They should inform the attorney of times when they will be traveling on business or otherwise unavailable to go to court. However, it's important to remember that court dates are often difficult to reschedule.

Some couples may agree to avoid court by negotiating agreements on property division and child custody with legal assistance. While it can be difficult to negotiate with someone during an acrimonious separation, this can still be less stressful than litigation. Attorneys can do the bulk of the negotiating if necessary. When negotiations break down, going to court is always an option.

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