When you’re going through a divorce, the issues you’re dealing with, both emotionally and legally, are likely never far from your mind. It can be challenging to keep your divorce from impacting your work.

However, you have to find a way to do that. The last thing you need during this time is to jeopardize your job. Following are some tips for leaving your divorce at the door when you go to work.

Try to schedule appointments with your attorney for late in the day or on weekends if possible. This way you don’t have to go back to work while you’re still thinking about the divorce-related issues you’re dealing with. Many family law attorneys will work around their clients’ schedules to help them avoid missing any more work than absolutely necessary.

Learn to control your thoughts and emotions about your divorce while you’re at work. This is often easier said than done, but it’s crucial. Many people find that the busier and more focused they are on work-related matters, the easier it is to keep their minds off of their personal issues.

Schedule a time after work to focus on matters related to your divorce. If you know that there’s a time later in the day set aside to deal with them, you can more easily refocus on your work when they start to intrude on your thoughts during the workday.

You may want to let your manager know that you’re going through a divorce and will occasionally need a bit of time off to deal with court dates, child care and other matters. However, emphasize that you don’t want to place an added burden on your colleagues and that you remain as committed as ever to doing a good job.

If your divorce is impacting your work, your Arizona family law attorney can likely offer some advice and assistance in addition to working to accommodate your schedule. He or she can likely recommend a therapist or support group that can help you deal with your all of the emotions that are common during this time.

Source: The Good Men Project, “The Stress of Divorce: How to Keep it From Affecting Your Job,” Oct. 07, 2017