Divorce takes a huge toll, emotionally and financially. While we may be concerned that our emotions will zap our focus and cause our work to suffer, one study reports that some people’s job performance improved after their divorce. And doing well at work can bring the financial relief needed to cope with post-divorce expenses.
Can your divorce improve your job performance?
A study published in Personnel Psychology found that 39% of respondents in the process of divorce stated that their split had positive impact on their ability to do their job.
This might be because some people getting a divorce choose to focus intensely on their jobs. Without the stress of an unhappy relationship weighing them down, they are better able to attend to their job duties and report higher job satisfaction.
Better job performance can help with post-divorce finances
If we are performing better at our job post-divorce, any continuation or even improvement in our income is only a good thing. It can help us with the many expenses we face now that we are single.
If we are awarded the family home in our divorce, we likely need to refinance the mortgage in our name only. Conversely, if we are not awarded the family home, we must pay for a new home of our own.
Or, depending on our situation, we might be paying spousal support or child support post-divorce, adding a new expense or two to the monthly budget.
Any of these costs can eat away at our finances. Moreover, moving from a dual-income to a single-income lifestyle can come with new expenses. So, any financial boost we get after we divorce can only help us out monetarily.