Richard E. Fowlks, Attorney at Law

Carefully consider the timing when you are ready to divorce

People who have been in a faltering marriage for a while might decide that their New Year's resolution is going to be getting a divorce. Filings to end a marriage spike at the start of the year, so you aren't alone if you are in this position.

There are many reasons why people choose the start of the year to file. One of these is that they view the new year as a time for new beginnings. The divorce enables them to begin their new life as a single person.

Some people try to not disrupt the family holiday experience by bringing up the possibility of divorce before Christmas and New Year's Day. This is a good idea for many who can still get along. You have to think about this carefully though. There is a chance that tension between you and your ex could lead to a horrible holiday experience for your family members.

No matter what part of the year you are divorcing in, the key points of having a minimal-stress split remain the same. You have to figure out your finances so that you know what you can afford. This might be shocking because you will have to live off your income only. Knowing what expenses you can comfortably add to your budget is beneficial when you divide property.

You also need to behave in a befitting manner. Flying off the handle might seem like an ideal response to what's going on; however, this can work against you when you are divorcing. It also sets a bad precedent for the children who are looking toward you for behavior. Ultimately, your goal is to end the marriage with as little stress as possible.

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