How your employer can help you during your divorce
Dealing with divorce can be a stressful period for both parties even if you are on good terms to some extent. 42% of marriages in the UK end in divorce and 90% of the divorces happen to people of working age. Many people often avoid contacting their employer and seek the advice of relatives before going to a solicitor.
Divorces can differ from case to case but if you are unable to agree on the arising arrangements regarding children and financial matters, either directly or through other dispute, then court proceedings will be required. Court hearings can take a great amount of time and energy.
In this article, we will walk you through certain steps and information you need to consider before asking for adjustments with your employer.
Communication is the key
A divorce is never easy. When your circumstances are starting to affect your day-to-day life, including work, it is advised to make your employer aware of the state of affairs you are in. Your employer may have relatively limited legal obligations, however making them aware of your key dates can offer you flexibility.
When it comes to the dates of your court hearings, you need to make sure you have a day reserve for each hearing and essential meetings. This means you need to set aside enough annual leave for these purposes.
Flexible Working Request
Legally, an employee can request flexible working once they have been employed at least 26 weeks and only one request can be made in any 12 months period. However, the starting point is your employers flexible working policy, and you need to consider the adjustments, you are requesting, are temporary or permanent. Once you have decided the adjustments you require, you need to send a formal written proposal. Then your employer has an obligation to consider your written proposal and a decision is made within 3 months.
Parental leave is another option you can consider taking if your employer’s flexible policy is restricted. Unfortunately, parental leave is unpaid, however your employer cannot refuse you to go on parental leave. You are entitled to 18 weeks of parental leave per child up to their 18th birthday, if you have been with your employer at least a year.