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Should I Start My Divorce Before the Holidays Begin?

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The holidays are a time for family, friends, and cheer. But for many people, the holiday season is also a time of stress and anxiety. This is especially true for those who are considering divorce. Should you wait until after the New Year to get started? Or should you start the process right before the holidays begin? In this blog post, our divorce attorneys at Embry Family Law P.C. discuss both the pros and cons of starting your divorce during the holiday season.

Considerations When Filing For Divorce

There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to deciding when to start your divorce. It ultimately depends on your unique situation. However, there are some things to consider if you are trying to decide whether to start the process before or after the holidays, including:

  • How will this impact my children?
  • Can I afford to file for divorce now?
  • Am I emotionally prepared for this process?

Why Some Couples File During the Holidays

Even though there are some considerations to take into account, there are also some reasons why you may want to start the divorce process before the holidays begin.

  • You don’t want to spend another holiday together: If you really can’t stand the thought of spending another holiday with your spouse, it may be best to get started on the divorce right away. This way, you can start the New Year with a fresh start.
  • You want to begin early: If you know that divorce is the right decision for you, you may want to just get it over with. The sooner you start the process, the sooner it will be over.

Why Some Couples Choose to Wait

Although there are some benefits to starting the divorce process before the holidays, many couples choose to wait until after the New Year.

  • They don’t want to ruin the holidays for their children: Many couples with young children don’t want to start the divorce process during the holiday season. They don’t want their children to associate the holidays with their parents getting divorced.
  • They want to enjoy the holidays: For many people, the holiday season is a time to relax and enjoy time with family and friends. If you are already feeling stressed about the divorce, you may not want to start the process until after the New Year when you can focus on it more.
  • They cannot afford to file for divorce until after the holidays: Another consideration is your financial situation. Divorce can be expensive, and the holidays are already a time when many people are stretched thin financially. If you can afford to wait until January to start the divorce process, it may be best to do so.

We Do Family Law Differently

No matter what time of year you decide to start your divorce, our divorce attorneys at Embry Family Law P.C. can help. We understand that divorce is a difficult decision, and we will help you through every step of the process.

Call us today at (619) 485-6476 to schedule a consultation with a member of our team.