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January may be a wise time to file for divorce in Colorado

Now that the holidays are behind us, many Colorado residents are looking ahead to setting goals and making changes in the year ahead. For many spouses, those changes include filing for divorce. While most individuals spend a great deal of time and effort reaching a decision to end their marriage, some fail to consider the best timing to begin that process.

While it can feel as if there is never a good time to file for divorce, there may in fact be benefits to filing after the holidays are over. For couples with children, sharing the holiday together may be important. Although children may be able to sense that their parents are headed toward divorce, postponing the split until after the holidays can avoid the risk that they will always associate that time of year divorce.

In addition, filing at the beginning of a new year can help some spouses achieve tax advantages. Specifically, new tax regulations may take effect in 2013 that would affect spouses who pay and receive alimony. For those who will have to pay spousal support, they will enjoy a higher deduction for that expense. On the other hand, spouses who receive alimony will have a higher tax burden to meet.

It is important to remember that divorce is a process, and that legally ending a marriage will take some time. Thoughtful planning and preparation can greatly improve the eventual outcome and make move more quickly. By beginning the process at the onset of a new year, spouses can frame the decision in a positive light, and move forward focused on the opportunity that lies ahead.

Source: NBC News, "Considering a divorce? Wait until January," Geoff Williams, Dec. 26, 2012

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