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High asset divorce likely to increase in January

Divorce attorneys agree that there are certain times of year when divorce filings spike. January, otherwise known as "divorce month," is one of the busiest months for family law attorneys. Often, a spouse will initiate a high asset divorce in the first few weeks of the year, after the holidays have passed. Massachusetts divorce attorneys often use the holidays to rest and recharge, knowing that things will be busy once the New Year begins. 

One of the reasons for filing in January lies in the desire to avoid undue stress and strife during the holiday season. Many spouses made the decision to divorce months prior, but held off on filing in order to get through the holidays. Those with children often want to preserve holiday memories, and to avoid associating Thanksgiving or Christmas with divorce and child custody changes.

For others, the holidays have always been about family togetherness. Some spouses want to give their marriage one final try before they pull the plug. The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years serve as a springboard for one final chance. Unfortunately, the stress of the holidays is not always conducive to working on one's relationship, and the plan often backfires.

Regardless of the reason for delaying a high asset divorce, Massachusetts spouses can take advantage of the delay to better prepare for the end of their marriage. By meeting with a divorce attorney, collecting the required documentation and taking other steps to prepare, spouses can begin the New Year ready to move through the divorce process. That can make the 2017 holiday season far easier to navigate.

Source: wtsp.com, "Tis the season to split up; January busy month for divorces", Isabel Mascarenas, Dec. 13, 2016

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