What will divorce cost your business?

By |2022-04-04T17:40:59+00:0013 Nov 2017|Categories: Divorce|


According to research from the University of Washington, the peak month for divorce is now August, followed closely by January. There has been a lot written about how divorce affects a closely-held business. How, though, does divorce affect an employee and what can an employer do to help?

When an employee is going through a divorce, there can be many disruptions in the workplace. He or she will need time off to attend court hearings. He or she may be unable to focus on work, which can result in less productivity and mistakes. There may be problems with the employee’s child care because there are now different family dynamics. In extreme cases, there could be violence at the workplace.

It’s estimated that 70 percent of divorces in California take place pro se or without the help of an attorney. The stress of dealing with the legal process all on one’s own can often be overwhelming.

You may notice that your employee, who once was a dedicated, productive member of your team, is suddenly falling apart. You should consider the following options to help your employee navigate this difficult time.

First, offer assistance through the Employee Assistance Program if available. Referrals are often available for attorneys and mental health professionals. Second, become knowledgeable on which nonprofit organizations can help the employee with a collaborative divorce or mediation. These types of divorce can reduce the stress, financial strain and length of the divorce process. Finally, see if there are divorce workshops that your employee can attend that will provide tools for coping with the divorce.

Personal conflict is something everyone experiences during their lifetime. Helping your employee address the stress and other factors can not only keep a productive employee with your company, but can also benefit your company’s reputation.

An experienced divorce attorney can help those seeking information on how to proceed with a divorce in California.

Source: Community Digital News, “The Cost of Divorce To Your Business,” Myra Fleischer, Nov. 03, 2017

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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