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The post-divorce return to work: Common concerns

The end of a Maryland marriage brings about a great many changes in the lives of all involved. For some parents who have made the choice to stay at home to raise their children, one of those changes may be an imminent return to work. Contemplating reentry into the workforce can bring about a heightened stress level during an already challenging time. Spouses should make an effort to alter the way that they think about this change, and focus on the positive aspects of heading back to work after their divorce.

One of the primary sources of concern involves anxieties about one's ability to "catch up" to the technological advancements that have been made since their departure from the workplace. Regardless of the career field, technology has brought about significant changes in the way that a workplace operates. However, technology has advanced in virtually all arenas of American life, and most individuals are far better at adapting to these changes than they may believe. In addition, there are a number of resources available to help workers brush up on the newest forms of technology that affect their job performance.

Another common fear involves anxieties about the changes in scheduling that will accompany a return to work. As stay-at-home parents, many moms and dads are able to exert a great deal of control over their daily schedule. We grow used to having the same daily routines, and build a level of comfort around knowing what to expect. A return to work can throw these routines into chaos. It is important to remember, however, that there will be new routines that follow these changes, and that it is still possible to fit in the things that are most important, even if one's post- divorce schedule looks completely different than it did before.

As with any big change, divorce can bring on a multitude of fears, many of which are based on the simple fear of the unknown. When it comes to going back to work, many of these anxieties will fade once a new routine is established and the individual becomes more confident about his or her role within the workplace. During the course of a Maryland divorce, it is important that spouses focus on making the best negotiation decisions possible, and do not allow these and similar fears to interfere with that process.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Why Going Back to Work After Divorce Could be the Best Thing For You", Jackie Pilossoph, March 31, 2014

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