Happy Divorce Month!
Whether you realize it or not, divorce rates skyrocket in the new year. Since Carpenter & Associates is is the Best Divorce Attorney Firm in Albuquerque we are usually 25% busier in January and sometimes even more than that. Regardless of the exact figures January is always the busiest month with regards to new divorce. A lot of people who are unhappily married get through the holidays and say, ‘You know what? I’m going to start the year fresh.’ The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers says divorce filings in January are usually one-third higher.
If you just managed to survive the holidays and are consider a fresh start you really should first look into the legal and financial ramifications. Not only should you contact us for Carpenter & Associates for legal representation you should also see out a Financial Advisor and perhaps a psychologist. Getting divorced based on emotion is never a good idea, you have to have an exit strategy. It is important for you to be clear headed when you make some an important choice. By the time you schedule and talk to a couple professionals you may think twice about your decision, or you may feel more confident that you are doing the right thing. Either way you owe it to yourself to do the research and be sure.
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What gives? For one, unhappy couples are reluctant to break up the family during Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas or New Year’s, McLaren says. “It doesn’t look very good to sue your spouse for divorce on Christmas Eve.” People also wait until January due to scarcity of court time through Thanksgiving and New Year’s. “Those things are very difficult to arrange when there’s only three weeks of court time available,” he adds. “You do not want to file a divorce case and be faced with the inability to get into court.” That said, there’s no perfect time to divorce, says Abby Rodman, a psychotherapist based in Boston, and many people still have regrets. “Most marriages aren’t all bad, all the time,” she says.
For better or for worse, many people in unhappy relationships choose to make plans to separate for the New Year after having one last Christmas as a family, says John Nicholson, a partner at Irwin Mitchell. (McLaren calls it a “New Year’s Resolution Syndrome.”) The holidays come with huge expectations and many people wrap up their troubles. “You convince yourself that it’s only right to give your kids one more holiday season with their family intact, and there’s nothing wrong with that,” Rodman says. But those who start divorce proceedings now will want them done before year-end, McLaren says; this can lead to a surge of divorce decrees by up to 50% so people can file 2016 calendar year taxes as a single person.