An employer’s guide to divorce

Eleanor Rogers


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February 7, 2023

Categories Employment Law

Divorce and separation is regularly listed in the top 5 of stressful life events, hotly followed by the loss of a job.

Most employees who suffer the death of a family member have the right to a “reasonable” amount of time off work. Separation can often be as traumatic as bereavement as it brings the same sense of loss. In a recent survey by the Positive Parenting Alliance, 90% stated that separation affected their ability to work and 95% said that their mental health was adversely affected. Yet only 9% of employees said that their employers had a specific policy for separation and divorce.

In the absence of any such policy, the way that a separating/divorcing individual is treated will very much depend on their line manager’s approach; sometimes with unpredictable results. Furthermore, in this world of hybrid working, issues can be harder to spot.

Employers can have a huge influence in ensuring that their employees feel supported, and in turn this supports productivity and retention. Recognising this, the Positive Parenting Alliance is encouraging employers to support their employees by implementing policy specifically aimed at supporting those going through divorce or separation. Asda, Metro Bank, NatWest, PwC, Tesco, Unilever and Vodafone, are among a group of major businesses that have committed to offer more support.

Furley Page’s topped ranked Employment team, can help employers put in place meaningful policy and advise on tailored practical assistance programmes to support your staff.

Additionally Furley Page’s Family Law Team is specialist in divorce and financial matrimonial matters. They are here to help you identify the best process option for your situation, make the process less stressful and ensure you reach the right outcome.

For further information on employment law matters please contact Solicitor, Eleanor Rogers in the Employment Team on 01227 763939 or


Please note: This article is for general information only and does not constitute legal or professional advice.


Related blog by Solicitor, Josie Triffitt, in our family law team can found here >>