In the family law field, January is known as Divorce Month because it is one where attorneys often see a sudden influx of people wanting to know more about the legal and financial ramifications of ending their marriages. While many of these divorces won’t actually be finalized until months later, it’s important to gather as much information as possible so you can be prepared should you make the decision to move forward.
One possible reason for this increase is the normal self-reflection and reevaluation of life goals that happens around the first of the year. Many people are taking stock of their lives, relationships, current obstacles and where they hope to be in the next five to 10 years. This thought process often leads people to reconsider whether they are truly happy and fulfilled in their marriages or if they are just going through the motions.
The beginning of the year is also the calm after the storm and stress of the holiday season, and many couples find themselves dealing with unmet expectations and frustrations from the months before. However, a divorce should never be an impulse decision. It’s important to really think through your situation and discuss the particulars with a family law attorney who can provide some legal guidance and outside perspective.
It’s important to be fully informed of the possible options and outcomes. If you do decide to move forward and file for divorce, your attorney can help you understand what paperwork you will need and what particular issues you may be facing, whether they be child custody, complex property division or alimony.
Source: Huffington Post Canada, “Divorce Month: Why Marriages End In January,” Nathalie Boutet, Jan. 22, 2016
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