January is often viewed as Divorce Month. Social experts believe that the reason for this phenomenon boils down to delays due to the holiday season in November and December. Women with children, in particular, will hold it together for one more family holiday season together.
However, come January, the pressure of an unhappy marriage, the stress of bottling it in for the holiday season boil over, and people start acting on it.
Brian Serafini and Julie Brines studied the matter in Washington State. They found that divorce filings peak in March, presumably giving people a two month lead time after New Year to get their ducks in a row before pulling the trigger.
So, what does one need to do to get divorced?
Divorce is a multifaceted process that is paper-intensive, grounded in legal and financial realities, and also involves many other aspects of life. It is both less dramatic and more painful than TV shows portray.
When contemplating divorce, you should take care of minimizing the damage, both emotional and financial, and set yourself up for success after divorce. It is vital to reach these goals to gain clarity in the process, the minutiae, and the consequences of decisions that you will make. They will often follow you for the rest of your life.
The Divorce Friday podcast addresses financial questions about divorce. This year, it starts this coming Friday, January 8 at 11 AM on Facebook Live with an episode titled “How do I get divorced?”. Every week, the podcast will cover a different aspect of divorce, including child support, alimony, asset division, and others. It’s a great place to get information and perspective in a non-threatening environment.
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