January: The Month for Divorce
‘Out with the old, in with the new’ seemingly applies to more than New Year’s resolutions. It’s January and, for many people who are married, it’s also the month of pondering divorce. From the beginning of the year to the end of March, statistical reports have noted an increase in divorce filings.
There appear to be several reasons for the spike in divorce filings as a new year begins. Some believe that reevaluating one’s sense of self and priorities can render critical questioning of marriage. Another cause is rooted in money matters. Allowing the year to wrap while staying married means that tax filings are less complicated, making asset and property division during divorce easier. Another possibility concerns bad timing. During the holidays, good tidings and seasonal cheer are expected. During that time, filing for divorce can seem hard-hearted and cruel.
Despite the potential causes for January divorce filings, there appears to be one solid basis for opting for marital dissolution: rational reasoning. Knowing and understanding that divorce is the best option for a given situation is what truly matters in the end, or the beginning.
For some considering divorce in January, the thought probably crossed their minds a lot earlier. The end of a marriage can be a tumultuous time, and sorting through legal divorce issues can be extremely complex. Retaining the services of a family law attorney can help you avoid unnecessary complications, protecting and ensuring your rights during divorce proceedings. No matter what time of year it is, it may help to have solid legal representation to expedite the process and move on with your life.
Source: CNN, “In January, ‘ex’ marks the spot“, Sarah LeTrent, January 17, 2014