Does it feel like your marriage is teetering on the precipice of divorce? That is a common occurrence around the winter holidays when the two spouses are doing their best to hold it together until the holidays are passed before filing for divorce.
There are many reasons to wait until the new year before filing the petition to divorce. This is especially true when a couple has minor children. But even childless couples may hold off in order not to have the holiday tainted by the divorce process. But that doesn’t mean that the union is a happy one.
Will your marriage be a casualty of “Divorce Day?”
The first Monday after the New Year’s holiday has been dubbed “divorce day” because inquiries about divorce to family law attorneys and Google searches for divorce peak on this day. It’s not hard to imagine why.
For some, the holidays have been an exercise in biting one’s tongue and refraining from taking the bait in arguments with their spouses. Now that the holidays are passed, the spouse sees no need to continue in the failed marriage.
Spouses with children hadn’t wanted to tarnish the kids’ memories of the holidays with the unfortunate reality of divorce. Now that Christmas 2020 is in their rearview mirrors, they feel free to petition the court for a divorce.
Is this your chance for positive changes in life?
The new year has long been associated with resolutions and the implementation of positive life changes. The “out with the old and in with the new” philosophy can also be applied to stale marriages that have brought unhappiness to both spouses.
Whether divorce day catches you by surprise or you are the spouse initiating the action, your first move is to seek legal guidance from a trusted family law attorney who can walk you through the divorce process.