How can you keep your divorce private at work?

How can you keep your divorce private at work?

| Aug 3, 2020 | Firm News

As someone going through a divorce, you have a strong interest in not allowing details about the end of your marriage to leak out to the public. Your workplace is one location where you want to take special precautions. Keeping your divorce private from your co-workers may prevent specifics about your case from becoming public knowledge.

Workplaces can be hectic. It can be easy to lose focus and disclose aspects of your divorce without realizing it. It may help to plan a strategy to keep your work life and your divorce as separate as possible. Forbes explains various ways in which you can guard information about your divorce at work.

Keeping organized

If you carry around divorce files on your work computer or laptop, consider keeping those files in their own master folder. Letting any of your divorce documents loose among your work-related documents runs certain risks. If your computer is part of a shared network, another user might gain access to your divorce files.

Exercise caution if you have to bring a hard copy of your divorce documents to work or if you need to print some of your documents out. Divorce papers may have personal information on them. They should not be in plain sight where another worker could spot them.

Using a personal email account

Consider using your personal email account to write and send emails to handle your divorce. The problem with sending emails through a business email account is that the account may not be secure. Also, if you knowingly pass your divorce communications to your attorney through an unprotected server, you might waive your attorney-client privilege without realizing it.

Speaking in private

Be aware of where you are when you speak on the phone with your attorney or anyone important to your divorce case. Since voices carry, a co-worker might overhear your conversation. If you work in a cubicle, you may need to walk outside or into a room where you can shut the door.

Making people aware of your divorce

While you might prefer to never speak of your divorce to anyone at work, you may not be able to avoid it. Your divorce may involve some people at work who might need to provide information for you. Sometimes a divorce judge will even subpoena information. If you co-own a business, your divorce may involve your partner. Depending on your case, you might need to talk to your HR representative as well.

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