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Strategies for Coping With Job Loss During Your Divorce

Published April 14, 2021
Facing the end of your marriage is hard enough, but losing your job during the divorce process can cause intense feelings of anxiety and stress. Focus on communicating clearly and documenting your efforts in locating a new position, and ask for help when you need it.

Going through the divorce process is difficult enough—but what happens if you lose your job at the same time? These two substantial life changes can pose significant emotional, financial, and social challenges that may lead to increased feelings of stress and anxiety. As you wrestle with the fallout of losing your job, you’ll also wonder how this loss of employment may affect the terms of your divorce. Let’s take a look at a few strategies that can help you weather these turbulent times with greater support and fortitude.

Communicate Your Financial Reality

While it can be hard to admit to your soon-to-be ex-spouse that you’ve lost your job, it’s essential that you share this information with all of the parties involved in your divorce, including your attorney. By remaining honest and open about your financial situation, you can ensure that any negotiations regarding spousal support or child support payments can factor in your recent loss of employment.

Document Your Efforts to Find a New Position

As you start your search for new employment, it’s important to keep a record of such efforts. Save copies of any resumes you sent out, emails with prospective employers, networking efforts you’ve made, and other indications that you took steps to find a new position. Even if you have not secured a new job by the time you are actively negotiating the terms of your divorce, these documents can provide clear evidence that you are doing what you can to locate a source of stable employment.

Ask For Help When You Need It

Two major life shifts—the ending of your marriage and the loss of your job—can have a dramatic effect on your mental and emotional well-being. This is a time to reach out to family members, friends, or other loved ones who can listen to you and provide you the support you need right now. Isolation can exacerbate feelings of hopelessness and anxiety, so even a quick phone call to a close friend can give you the encouragement you need to keep moving forward. You might consider talking with a therapist who can help you develop more concrete coping strategies for weathering this challenging time.


For compassionate legal guidance during the divorce process in the greater Portland area, call Lee Tyler Family Law, P.C. at (503) 233-8868 today.

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