No matter how you find yourself in family court, chances are that your ongoing case will cause a great deal of stress and depression. Mental health issues during divorce, custody, and other family law cases are common often affecting a person’s employment or ability to care for loved ones. Depression, anxiety, and other issues have caused some hard-working adults with spotless professional reputations to start missing deadlines at a time when their employment is crucial to long-term success. Equally important, a person who is seeking primary custody of children cannot afford to be seen as an irresponsible or negligent caretaker while his or her ability to parent is being reviewed. These tips for maintaining productivity during your case can increase your chances of getting through the process without compromising your personal or professional reputation.

Make To-Do Lists

With multiple divorce or custody related matters on your mind, it is going to be difficult stay focused on everything at all times no matter how good your memory or attention to detail usually is. Instead of trying to act as if nothing in your life that would affect your mental cognition has changed, accept the fact that you have a lot on your plate and act accordingly. Start making daily to-do lists of what you need to accomplish each day with your children, around the house, or at work to decrease the chances of forgetting vital tasks.

Take Breaks

Litigation of any type is physically and mentally draining. Taking breaks throughout the day helps you to stay attentive while fighting off fatigue. Regardless of whether you are working, staying at home, or in school, try to take a few minutes each day to rest by yourself. Going for a short walk, reading a book, or just running out to purchase a snack can all help you to regroup when things are difficult.

Do Not Bury Yourself in Work

Distraction during a legal case is a coping mechanism that many embrace in a healthy manner.  Unfortunately, people sometimes try to distract themselves by burying themselves in work which can make things much worse. Taking on a larger amount of work increases your stress level while making it more difficult for you to focus on any specific task, ultimately leading to more problems.

Live Day by Day

When the future is uncertain, sometimes taking life one day at a time is a good way to avoid becoming overwhelmed. A case or legal dispute with a family member may not get resolved for months, making long-term planning uncertain. Making daily goals is better for your mental health and usually more realistic.

Talk to an Attorney

No matter how organized you are or how hard you work to remain productive, attempting to manage your daily affairs while micromanaging your case does not usually work well. Retaining a family law attorney who can take the burden off of your shoulders is beneficial. The team at Vayman & Teitelbaum are ready to work with you to protect your best interests and legal rights during this difficult time period. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our Atlanta, Georgia locations so that we can begin providing you with the legal advice you need.