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January uptick in divorce doesn't mean it is best month to file

Families are unique. Each family has its own way of moving, communicating, responding to adversity and simply handling their day-to-day lives. Divorce is really no different. Despite having set laws that govern the process in each jurisdiction, divorce is a very personal matter. With the unique needs of a family, it is important to have a divorce attorney in Kalamazoo that understands them.

Even though each family is unique, there seem to be some divorce trends across the nation. One of these is an uptick in filing during the month of January, lasting through March. Why the increase? It depends.

There are some people that argue that filing in January is the best time because of the tax considerations. Waiting until a tax year is completely over means that a couple can still check that box “married filing jointly” on their tax returns. Others may argue that it is best because salary bonuses might be handed out at this time and available for consideration in alimony determinations.

In other cases couples don’t see it as the best time to file, but simply because it is the month that follows the biggest holiday season of the year. Some couples just don’t want a divorce announcement to damper family get-togethers. For others, the holidays were used as their last attempt at making the marriage work.

For other couples, a January divorce is about New Year’s resolutions. It is about taking that first step towards a fresh start.

The answer to the question “when should I file for divorce?” really does differ on a case-by-case basis. If someone needs a definite answer, the best advice to follow is to seek the counsel of a divorce attorney when a spouse starts to wonder “is divorce right for me?”

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “From January to March, the divorce rate rises,” Kim Lyons, Jan. 27, 2014

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January uptick in divorce doesn't mean it is best month to file | Peter A D'Angelo, Attorney at Law, PLC