You may have had no trouble sharing the news with your Nebraska employer and coworkers about your marriage, but the same is likely not true about revealing the news about your upcoming divorce. Have you started working out what to say?

Fast Company offers a plan for breaking the news to your boss. With divorce being a major life event, the dissolution of your marriage is sure to have a sizeable impact on your work performance, giving you little choice but to tell your boss.

Sit down with HR

While working up the nerve to tell your boss, you should at least meet with an HR representative. That way, you can discuss how your withholdings, benefits, retirement package and the like change after your divorce is official. Let HR know how things progress with the divorce timeline, as you probably need to remove your soon-to-be-ex-spouse as a beneficiary on some paperwork.

Only share what is necessary with your boss

Your boss does not need to know every detail about your divorce. It is perfectly fine to let her or him know you are getting a divorce and leave it at that. Additionally, let your boss know if you need to take time off or leave early to handle legal appointments, court appearances and the like. While you are at it, reassure your boss that you can still tend to all your regular work duties, if that is true.

Consider how divorce impacts your earnings

Divorce is often not cheap. Work with a legal professional to draw up a list of costs you should budget for during and after the divorce. Compare that figure with your current and future earnings. There is a chance you may need to boost your income.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.