Every family law firm knows one thing about this time of year. It is the time when most divorce filings happen. Perhaps this is news to you, or you simply have never considered if divorces have a peak time of year. Although some reasons for a spike in filings might seem predictable, there are a few reasons that may surprise you. Below are some of the many reasons our divorce attorneys report an increase in phone calls from January to March.
The beginning of the year is a time for a change
Thousands of Utahans make new commitments as the clock strikes midnight on December 31. For some people, this could mean making a resolution to save money, for others to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. And yet for others, it is a symbolic time to get out of a relationship that just isn’t working anymore. Going through a divorce can be a challenging and frightening experience for people. Coming up with a firm deadline such as the beginning of a new year can help provide the extra courage to speak with an attorney.
Waiting through the holidays
The holiday season at the end of the year should ideally be a time for family and friends. Many of the people that reach out to our firm during divorce season report that they wanted to wait until after the holidays were over. Even if a divorce happens on good terms and is a mutual agreement, it is still something people wish to wait on until after the major holidays.
The stress of the season was the last straw
One of the largest, if not the largest reason for divorce proceedings happens over financial issues. Although it is unfortunate that money troubles can create barriers between two people, it makes a lot of sense that it does. Anecdotally speaking, when we think of what causes the most pressure or worry in our lives, financial troubles are usually at the top of the list. December is loaded with expensive holiday celebrations that can mean the savings account is lighter than usual. These reasons and the other general stress or depression associated with the holidays can sometimes lead people to a breaking point.
The timing was completely planner
We always say that each and every divorce is as unique as the people involved. If both parties are able to stay amicable the timing of the divorce could happen in a way that is mutually beneficial for them. Typical reasons include being able to file taxes jointly for one more year. Or perhaps for insurance purposes or to stay on a benefits package should one of the parties be in the military. Depending on the situation divorce couples may find that if they file their divorce at the right time they are able to enjoy the benefits of being married for as long as possible.
If you made a resolution to live a happier and healthier life, perhaps a divorce or legal separation is part of that. Our team is happy to speak with you about your situation so that you can learn more about how divorce could impact your life. Call Burton Family Attorneys today to speak with a legal professional.
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