Should I Wait to File for Divorce?

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Divorce is a difficult decision and one that should not be taken lightly. Many couples choose to wait until the new year to file for divorce, but there are some reasons to be concerned about doing so.

Why Do Couples Wait Until the New Year?

For some couples, it makes sense to wait until the holiday season has ended before one party files for divorce.

Avoiding Conflict

One reason that couples may wait to file for divorce until after the holidays is that they want to avoid any potential conflict or drama that may come up. Filing for divorce can be a very contentious process, and many couples would rather not deal with the added stress of holiday gatherings.

Hopes for Reconciliation

Another reason that some couples may choose to wait is that they hope the new year will change their relationship. They may believe that waiting until after the holidays are over will give them time to assess the situation and decide if divorce is the best option.

Financial Circumstances

Additionally, for couples with joint finances, waiting until after the holiday season may make more sense. The holidays often involve spending money on gifts and travel and filing for divorce before or during this time could add extra strain to an already challenging financial situation.

More Time to Think

For some couples, waiting until after the holidays may give them more time to think about their decision and potentially reconsider filing for divorce. It is important to remember that divorce is a permanent solution to marital issues and should not be rushed.

Why Some Couples Opt to File During the Holiday Season

However, there are also several reasons why filing for divorce in the new year might not be best for your circumstances.

Potential for Backlog

First of all, with the increase in filings after the new year, there might be a delay in obtaining a court date, so getting a hearing scheduled may take longer than expected. This can prolong the already difficult process and add to any existing stress or tension.

Begins the Process Early

Filing for divorce during the holiday season may actually benefit some couples in the long run. In doing so, it allows them to begin the process early and potentially reach a resolution sooner rather than waiting until after the new year.

Avoiding Conflict

Similarly, filing for divorce during the holidays may actually be less stressful for some couples. This is because they can avoid any potential conflict or drama that may arise during holiday gatherings with extended family and friends.

The Decision is Up to You

It is ultimately up to each couple to assess their unique circumstances and decide the best time to file for divorce. If waiting until after the holidays makes sense for them, it is important to remember that it is okay to prioritize their own mental health and well-being during this time.

However, if they feel ready and filing during the holiday season is the best option, it is important to seek professional support and advice. No matter when a couple chooses to file for divorce, it is crucial to remember that seeking help and support throughout the process is essential.

Deeper Understanding. Better Solutions.

Ultimately, whether or not you choose to file for divorce in the new year is up to you. If you feel you can't wait any longer and are ready to move on, then go ahead and file. But if you're unsure what to do or think that waiting may be a better option, schedule a free consultation with our attorney at Law Offices of Michael D. Iverson, APC by calling our firm at (951) 418-2770. We are available for free, confidential consultations to help you manage your family law matters.

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