January: the Month for Divorce

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Divorce in January | Hemet, CA LawyerWith the start of the new year, you’re likely thinking about ways to make your life better. You’ve probably made a resolution or two, whether it is to eat healthier or spend more time with friends and family.

You might have even considered divorce, and if you have, you’re not alone.

WKYZ News reports that the month of January is typically known as “divorce season.” During this month, after the holidays are over, some couples choose to end their marriages. This is, in a way, a type of new year’s resolution for many: making a change for the better by leaving an unhappy marriage.

For whatever reason, whether it is adultery, addiction, or simple unhappiness, you might be thinking of filing for divorce this month. Before you do, consider the following steps:

  1. Try marriage counseling. Before you sign on the dotted line, it’s important to make sure that you truly want a divorce. If you’re sure, that’s absolutely fine. But if you’re not, consider going through marriage counseling to see if your marriage can be saved.
  1. Get information on your family’s finances. Divorce is not just a financial and emotional process: it’s an economic one as well. You will need copies of your tax returns, savings and checking accounts, credit card statements, investment portfolios, and other financial documents during your divorce. It’s best to gather these ahead of time to make sure that you don’t have trouble getting them from your spouse during the divorce. 
  1. Consider custody arrangements. Divorce is hard on kids: there is no denying this. That being said, it’s better for kids to live with happy, separate parents than with angry married parents. When considering a divorce (and even after filing), take note of how much time you and your spouse spend with your children. Think about possible custody arrangements that would work best for your kids. Remember to put their interests first and to never use them as a weapon in your divorce.
  1. Talk to a divorce attorney. Consult with a divorce attorney to find out what your legal options are. You should hire an attorney is experienced, knowledgeable, and understanding, and you should feel comfortable talking with your attorney. 
  1. Find support from family and friends. Divorce can wreak havoc on your emotions. Make sure that you have a strong support system in place as you go through the divorce process.
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About Julie Clark

Julie M. Clark graduated from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. She has been practicing law in Riverside County since February of 1992. Julie Clark's Google+ Profile

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