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Will the New Year bring an uptick in divorce filings?

As the holiday season rushes past, thoughts turn to the coming New Year and the promise of new beginnings. For many in Colorado, 2016 will be the year that they end an unhappy marriage. Most of those spouses already know that divorce is in the cards for the coming year, but many will postpone discussing the matter until after the holidays have passed.

The reasons to delay talk of divorce are varied. Some couples have school-aged children, and they do not want to color holiday memories with news of a divorce. Others want to get through one last holiday season as an intact family, and they are simply waiting to discuss the matter until things have settled back down to normal. No matter the reasons behind the trend, researchers find that March is the most popular month in which to file for divorce.

The timing makes sense. Spouses who put off talking about the matter during the holidays may want to take a few weeks to gather information and make plans before filing. This could include choosing a divorce attorney or collecting financial documentation. Some will spend that time constructing a post-divorce budget and planning for property division negotiations.

While the urge to avoid bringing divorce into the holidays is understandable, Colorado residents should take care not to delay too long. Failure to move forward with the divorce process only serves to keep both spouses mired in an unhappy union. Regardless of the time they initiate the divorce filing, the parties involved would do well to consult with a family law attorney regarding their cases.

Source: Miami Herald, "Studies show couples wait until after holidays to divorce", Tim Grant, Dec. 14, 2015

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