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Divorcing in the New Year for a fresh start

As the year comes to an end, most Massachusetts residents consider what they will do to make the New Year a better one. Although some think of the New Year as bringing new and exciting life events, some married couples might use this as a time to take a break or start fresh. Although there is never an ideal time to get a divorce, a rough year of disputes could cause spouses to seek separation or a dissolution of their marriage.

A recent report indicated that January is the month when most couples seek a divorce. This is often because couples, especially parents, seek to not upset their family and their holiday traditions. Divorcing before or during the holidays could make the process even more difficult. In addition, couples that seek to divorce in the New Year see it as an opportune moment for them to make a fresh start, but it could also set the stage for various family law issues.

Avoiding a joint tax return is one major reason to hold off on filing for a divorce until the clock strikes midnight. If the couple is separated in the New Year, they don't have to file a joint tax return for that year. This could be a way to save money.

Even though a divorce could set the stage for a fresh start, there are numerous things that will need to be considered for the recently divorced couple. Because they were used to the expenses for one household, getting used to finances post-divorce can be difficult at first. This is especially true if the couple has children and is also dealing with support issues as well. Making these adjustments could take some time. In addition, costs associated with the divorce could be problematic at first, so couples should expect some initial financial woes.

The divorce process could be easier if the couple works together to reach an amicable divorce agreement, but if they tend to argue or dispute frequently, they should seek alternative methods. Whether they take on a collaborative approach or go with litigation, divorcing spouses should understand the process, any legal concepts and what costs are associated.

In order to have a fresh start, a divorcing couple should adequately understand the divorce procedure. This will help protect their interests and rights in the situation.

Source: The Huffington Post, "5 Nuances of Divorce You Need to Know," Kerri Zane, Dec. 26, 2013

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