Should I Wait to Divorce Until After the Holidays?

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The holidays are a time for family, friends, and celebration. But for some couples, the holidays are a time of stress and anxiety. This is because they are facing the decision of whether or not to file for divorce. Many couples wonder if they should wait until after the holidays to get divorced. Let's explore why some couples wait until after the holidays.

Waiting Until the New Year

There are a few reasons why couples might wait until after the holidays to get divorced. One reason is that they want to protect their children and wish to not impact their holidays. Parents might be concerned that breaking the news about divorce can dampen their child’s holiday experience and further impact how they view the holidays. They may also want to wait until after the holidays out of respect for their families, who might become concerned about conflict at family events or preparing for the road ahead instead of enjoying the holidays together.

Waiting until after the holidays to get divorced can also be a practical decision. Many couples want to wait until they have completed their holiday obligations, such as travel and family gatherings. They may also want to wait until they have finished paying for holiday expenses so they will not need to be as concerned about paying filing fees, retaining an attorney, and preparing for financial independence. Likewise, couples who wait until after the holidays can take the time to prepare any documentation they might need for their divorce instead of compiling these documents after the process has started.

Filing For Divorce During the Holiday Season

Couples who decide to file for divorce during the holiday season may have different reasons for doing so. For some couples, the holidays are a reminder of what they are missing in their relationship. They may also feel that waiting until after the holidays will prolong the inevitable.

Likewise, filing during the holidays can be a practical decision. Couples who file during the holidays might avoid potential backlog as more couples file after the new year. This is because many courts are closed for the holidays, which can delay divorce proceedings.

The Decision is Yours

Ultimately, the decision of when to file for divorce is a personal one. There are pros and cons to both filing during the holiday season and waiting until after the holidays. You should speak with an experienced divorce attorney to discuss your options and what is best for your case before making your choice.

Nothing Is More Important Than You Loved Ones

If you are considering getting divorced, consult a trusted divorce attorney about your options and what is best for your individual case. At The Law Offices of Jonny Kousa, P.L., nothing is more important than your loved ones, and we put our focus on helping your family through this difficult time.

Schedule a consultation today by calling our attorney at (954) 626-8071 to learn more.