Lack of work-life balance can lead to separation, divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Friday, October 26, 2012.

Many times when a couple realizes their marriage is not going the way either planned, they will decide to separate in order to figure out what it is that they both really want. Often times this separation leads to an official divorce filing.

Recently, actor Russell Crowe and his wife Danielle Spencer announced their separation. This came after nine years of marriage. And while it has not been reported as to what led to their decision to separate, one has to wonder if their heavy workloads and outside commitments had anything to do with it.

There are many Illinois couples who know how hard it is to strike that work-life balance. Especially when one spouse is in a position where he or she is trying to move up the corporate ladder, as this can mean long hours that take away from spouses and family. Work demands can also be rather energy-draining, which also affects the amount of energy brought to the marital relationship.

Of course this isn’t to say it’s not possible to have a family and a career, it’s just that it can be rather difficult. This is why it’s important to set boundaries and determine how much work is too much. Make sure to take time to think about how much time should be spent with family and work commitments.

Sadly though, people do not address these ideas until it’s too late and work has already consumed their lives. In other situations, a person may also realize, work or no work, their significant other is just no longer the right fit for them. This is perfectly OK too.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Russell Crowe: Can You Really Have It All…Career And Family?,” Jane Greer, Oct. 24, 2012

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