Back on Dec. 31, we mentioned that January is the busiest month out of the year for divorce filings. Emotionally, it makes sense for many people to wait until after the holidays and begin the year with the fresh start divorce can provide. But there are reasons not to file in January that those considering it should weight against the benefits, an article in Forbes warns.
The author says there are three good reasons to begin divorce proceedings early in the year:
- The start of a new year offers a good opportunity to make big changes in your life.
- As we said above, the holidays, and the pressure to act like one big happy family, are over.
- All of the household income for the previous year has been deposited and documented, making it harder for your spouse to illegally hide income.
On the other hand, here are two reasons to wait a little while longer before calling a divorce attorney:
- You may be overreacting to stress from the holiday season, instead of making a rational decision to end your marriage.
- You should not file for divorce before you are prepared. Besides hiring an experienced divorce lawyer, this means gathering all your financial paperwork, opening bank accounts in your name and assessing your credit score.
For those who are ready and sure of their decision, January is a fine time to get divorced. Of course, no matter what month you decide to get started, the best thing you can do is hire the right attorney for you.