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Navigating job loss during a divorce

| Oct 7, 2020 | Divorce

Realizing that divorce is inevitable is enough to make anyone feel defeated, but coupled with job loss and the future seems bleak. For divorcees in Illinois who are grappling with the uncertainties of unemployment, their effort to stay optimistic may make a considerable difference in their ability to cope.

While acknowledging the emotions that result from both job loss and an ending relationship is undoubtedly important, people should understand how to navigate their feelings in a healthy and productive manner.

Staying grounded

When people discover they are out of work, their initial reaction could include shock, anger and panic. As a result of uncertainty, people tend to lose their motivation and drive. They may neglect personal care and their normal routine could become unstable and seemingly unimportant.

According to Psych Central, one of the best ways for people to cope with job loss is to avoid the pitfall of self-defeat. People should maintain a consistent routine; waking up at a respectable hour, getting dressed, staying active and getting outside to socialize.

Demonstrating responsibility

One of the top concerns for unemployed divorcees is how they will pay child support or spousal support with no income. While a legitimate concern, Forbes suggests that people proactively seek new job opportunities using the skills they currently have. Experts discourage people from pursuing an entirely new career or returning to school full-time during this period.

Throughout their effort to find a new job, people should maintain a record of their process including applications submitted, interviews completed and job prospects. These timelines may provide instrumental support when they explain the impact of their joblessness on their ability to pay court-ordered support payments.