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Should divorces be started in January?

During January, many individuals find that the time is right for them to go their separate way and file for divorce from their spouse. Oftentimes couples and families will remain together during the holidays and begin to discuss separation or pursue divorce after the New Year. Couples may have different thoughts and concerns about the divorce process, and oftentimes there are heated disputes over certain legal issues. Therefore, those considering divorce should endeavor to collect necessary information, determine goals for the divorce, and seek to understand the process of dissolving a marriage.

There are some pros to beginning the divorce process in January. First, the spark of the new year can give those in such situations the extra boost of energy to go through with the act. Also, all financial information from the previous year is most likely in the books, making it easier to piece together the particulars. It is important, however, to understand that an extra bit of new year's energy and solid financial records don't always make for an easy road to divorce.

It is important for divorcing spouses to understand the implications of their divorce decisions which, which could affect everything from financial security to time spent with children. Mediation and the collaborative divorce process, which facilitates open communication and amicable resolution between the parties, can help divorcing couples focus on financial concerns and family concerns, such as their children, rather than emotions that are natural but may cloud an efficient and amicable divorce process.

Amicable solutions are the desired outcome for couples going through the divorce process. The decision to divorce is an important one, so it is helpful to be as well-educated about the process as possible to help facilitate as smooth of a divorce process as possible whenever a couple makes the decision to bring their marriage to an end.

Source: Forbes, "Should You Start Divorce Proceedings In January?," Jeff Landers, Jan. 26, 2016

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