Did you know that divorce rates will often increase around the New Year? There are multiple reasons why this occurs. Bez Law Firm, P.C. is here to help you understand the increase of divorce following the holidays. Furthermore, we can provide tips to help guide you through your separation process.
Is The Timing Right?
Choosing to divorce at this time might seem strange to others, but individuals have multiple reasons to proceed with their separation after the Holiday Season.
Leaving The Holidays Jolly
If you have children, proceeding with a divorce around the holidays can potentially impact their feelings towards this season in the long run. Instead of reflecting on happy memories, they may first think of how it represents the end of their parent’s marriage. For this reason alone, couples may find themselves opting to wait until after the New Year to proceed with their divorce.
New Year, New Me
For some, filing for a divorce becomes a New Year’s resolution. Perhaps their relationship with their spouse has been deteriorating for quite some time, leading to the decision to separate. However, this does not mean that divorce is an easy decision to make. It requires extensive thought and preparation to reach a positive resolution.
Getting a divorce requires financial commitments, regardless of the approach you take. Some individuals may not be financially ready to file for a divorce until appropriate funds are set aside. Unfortunately, the holidays often mean gifts, travel, and other expenses. This can leave couples without the funds needed.
How Can I Prepare?
Just because you choose to wait for your divorce process to begin later, that does not mean you cannot prepare. Bez Law Firm, P.C. can provide tips to assist in preparation.
Discuss With Your Spouse
If possible, have a discussion with your partner about the divorce. If you can enter the process with an understanding, you can reduce the length and cost of the divorce process. The mandatory waiting period in California to terminate your marital status is six months from the date of filing; however, a divorce can go on much longer if it is contentious. This can result in extensive court costs and additional stress for the couple. It is always better for your pocket book to reach an agreement or compromise with your soon to be ex-spouse when possible.
Gather Necessary Documentation
While you are preparing for your divorce, you can make sure to gather the needed documents. For example, it is vital to have access to your financial documentation, such as pay stubs or tax forms and bank statements for the last year. This process can include providing proof of ownership for any separately owned assets, such real properties or assets received by inheritance.
Finding The Right Attorney
The most crucial step in getting ready for a divorce is to find the right attorney for you. At Bez Law Firm, P.C., we provide compassionate advocacy to each of our clients. We understand the importance of reaching a resolution that works for you and your family.
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