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Should you file for divorce now or after the new year begins?

Many people have new year’s resolutions. While they may include eating healthier or exercising more, filing for a divorce is not commonly cited. That said, many people see the new year as an opportunity to get a fresh start, and they may think about what they want to change months before.

If you are currently unhappy in your marriage, you may decide that you want to spend some time preparing for the divorce before you take action to file. This could lead you to wait until the new year. The following are some additional reasons why you may want to file for divorce in the new year.

It’s a good milestone marker

It will be a challenge for both you and your spouse to move on from the marriage. But by filing for a divorce at a significant time, it can help you to draw a line in the sand and move forward in a positive way.

You can still make great memories during the holiday period

Getting divorced before the holiday period is likely to lead to a tumultuous time and could cause a great deal of stress and upset for both yourself and your extended family. By trying to make happy memories for the whole family during the holidays, you’ll probably feel better about taking the plunge and filing for divorce in the new year.

Just the same, if you are in an abusive marriage, you should never hold off on separating or divorcing your spouse because of the time of year. There are also other good reasons to get an early start on your divorce, depending on the specifics of your situation.

Choosing your time to file for divorce could also be a strategic move. If you need more time to gather documents, make a plan and meet with advisors, you may also want to wait.

If you’re still not sure what to do, it may be time to talk the issue over with an experienced attorney. They can offer guidance that’s tailored to your case.


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