Most people want to start a new year with a clean slate, and for many people that can mean divorce. In fact, a representative of an organization that focuses on matrimonial legal issues claims that divorce filings increase by a third every January. This surge in filings occurs because many families wait until after the holidays to initiate divorce proceedings.
There are a variety of reasons that an unhappy married couple may put off the task of filing for divorce until the new year. According to one legal professional, many married couples feel pressure to put up a brave front during the holiday season. They have family obligations and if there are children involved, they may wish to keep the family unit intact for one more Christmas.
But there is another possible benefit to waiting until a new year begins before filing for divorce. Another legal professional points out that it can be very difficult to get court time scheduled during the holidays as the year draws to a close. Therefore, postponing the proceedings can simply be easier than trying to force the issue.
Divorce can be a difficult process, rife with stresses and strong emotions. Trying to deal with all of this along with the challenges of getting through the holidays could be unnecessarily difficult. Also, you may have many issues, such as child custody, child support and property division that require your full attention. Thus it may be best to wait until you have more time to focus on these important issues.
If you are planning to get a divorce at the beginning of the new year, you may wish to get in touch with a Texas family law attorney. The attorney may be able to help you work toward getting the settlement that will help you move forward in your new life.