Now that we’re into December, there is usually a dip in divorce rates. Some couples decide not to split up during the holidays because they just have too much going on, they want to focus on their families or they just want to make sure that the holidays are fun for the kids.
This doesn’t mean that they don’t want to get divorced. Many of them have been thinking about it during the fall, and they may have filed this month if it wasn’t the holiday season. But the holidays tend to put things on hold for a short time, and that leads to a corresponding spike in January.
Navigating divorce month
Some have even gone so far as to call January “Divorce Month,” and that maybe that’s where you will find yourself if you’ve already been considering ending your marriage – or if you think that your spouse has been. While most people set New Year’s resolutions at this time, your resolution may be to get through your divorce and start a new life on your own.
As you can imagine, there are a lot of steps that have to go into this. If you have children, you have to come to some sort of custody arrangement. If you have a lot of joint assets, you have to decide how you’re going to split them up. You may need to think about things like spousal support or child support. There are a lot of moving pieces and you need to know how they all fit together so that you can find the right solution.
As you do this, make sure that you are well aware of all of your legal rights, your parental rights and the various options that you have to get through this while striving for the best possible result.