With the closing of the holidays, we usher in a new year and the peak of divorce filings. Statistics show that a majority of filings occur in February and then peak again in August, with estimates revealing that one in five married couples consider divorce after the holidays. The primary theory is that a poor holiday season or a disappointing summer vacation can be the deciding factor that pushes many couples to divorce. Those times that many families build memories didn’t live up to expectations, and nothing changed for the better.
If you are considering divorce, here are some things to review and consider:
- Learn about the divorce process in your state. Each state has their own rules, which oftentimes can have a drastic impact on how a divorce can play out. The Internet is a wealth of information to take advantage of. If your research brings up any questions, be sure to make a note of them to ask your attorney.
- Think about the impact social media could have on your case. If you’re an avid user of Facebook, Twitter, or any other form of social media, it is very likely that images or posts could be used against you if they could be portrayed unfavorably. It is always a good idea to take a break from all social media until the divorce is finalized.
- Get your finances in order. Gather paystubs, credit card bills, banks statements, tax returns, and any other information that might be important. All of these items are factored in when child support and alimony are being worked out.
- Understand that there will be drastic changes in your daily routine. It’s easy for an individual to say they want a divorce, but sometimes it doesn’t really sink in until their daily routines shift away from what they’re used to. Understand that it’s a process and this would be an appropriate time to put a support system in place. Having close friends and family nearby during this challenging time can make a world of difference.
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Representing clients exclusively in family law cases for the past 24 years, Mr. Schutz is widely regarded as a marital and family law expert. He is Board Certified in marital and family law by The Florida Bar. As a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), Mr. Schutz is committed to elevating the standards and improving the practice of family law.
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