Is there a season for divorce?

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

Illinois residents know that January is filled with new beginnings and resolutions for the upcoming year. Some may call January “Divorce Month,” and according to some experts, it is the time in which many people decide to start researching their options. Visits to popular websites focusing on divorce peaked in January between 2008 and 2011. However, some studies indicate that many people wait until March before they make their final decisions. Another popular time for filing divorce is in September, when summer vacations end and the children go back to school.

Is there any good time for a divorce? Divorce attorneys and marital psychologists might agree that the only good time is when both parties are financially and emotionally prepared. However, some seasons may be better than others to initiate divorce proceedings. The end of the year may be a poor time because some may look down on those who try to dampen the holiday spirit by filing papers. In addition, there is a good financial argument for waiting until the following year, especially as far as filing tax returns are concerned. Many receive end-of-year bonuses during the fourth quarter, and many couples file taxes jointly.

People may be on the fence when they begin to communicate with attorneys concerning divorce. They might want to learn how the procedure and the outcome will affect them financially, as well as their children and their daily lives. Many prefer to develop a strategy before making any decisions.

Choosing to divorce is never easy, and those who attempt to make a decision must often weigh several factors, including child support and relocation issues. Their attorneys may be able to provide sufficient information, which may aid them in making their decisions.

Source: CNN, “In January, ‘ex’ marks the spot“, Sarah LeTrent, January 17, 2014