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New Year, New Marital Status
January is a time of fresh starts, resolutions, and planning for the new year. Many people have indulged in celebrations and festivities for nearly two months leading up to January 1st, and as the busy holiday season comes to an end so do many marriages. Unofficially, January has become known as Divorce Month, even though the courts record more divorces in August and March. But this increase in the divorce rate in January appears to be connected to a few understandable trends.
Family and the Holidays
Even when a marriage has fallen on hard times, most couples find it difficult to begin a divorce during the holidays. Some couples don’t want to cast a shadow on their family holiday celebrations. Parents often don’t want their children to associate the holidays with the confusion that accompanies a divorce. In fact, a lot of parents hide any marital issues they may have so the family can have just one more holiday where they’re all together.
A Less Conscious Choice
In other cases, choosing to divorce was not a forgone conclusion arrived at before the holidays. Instead, it was a decision made during the hustle and bustle of the stress-filled holiday season. According to some relationship experts who work with divorcing couples, the holidays can be a time when some people feel unhappy or disappointed with their marriage and decide it can no longer necessarily be fixed. In other cases, the added stress of the holidays can cause friction between couples, culminating in a realization that being married to each other is no longer their best option. Finances and work stress often have a heavy hand in the decision.
January 1st – Turning Point
The excitement of the holidays can mask the underlying issues a couple might be experiencing. However, once the holiday season has passed, those issues become noticeable again. The cheer and sense of togetherness the holidays created is replaced with a return to normalcy, which often means it’s time to move forward and make the difficult decision to divorce.
Facing This Emotional Event
Regardless of when the decision to divorce was made, the process is never as easy as each spouse thinks. Rarely are couples able to sit down and calmly come to an agreement on all the various aspects their divorce will entail. Hiring an experienced attorney helps minimize the stress of a divorce. We not only advocate for your best interests but will be able to walk you through every detail so you know exactly what you’re agreeing to and how it’s going to impact your future. Emotions run high during the divorce process, but a skilled lawyer will alleviate that stress and channel it into seeing your divorce through from start to finish.
A Complex Legal Process
As difficult as it is to sort out the emotional side of a divorce, the legal aspects can be equally daunting. Having an experienced attorney to help you understand the process of filing for divorce in Massachusetts is critical to getting the best possible outcome. Your divorce could be categorized as either no-fault or fault-based, and there are also important considerations to be made for spousal support, division of assets, and arriving at amicable agreements for other issues. And if you’re parents, it can be more complicated. The best interests of the children are always given priority in Boston family court, and difficult decisions will have to be made regarding child custody, visitation, and child support.
Even in a mutual divorce, there is a complex process that must be followed to ensure all agreements are legally binding. Having someone on your side who knows the ins and outs of MA divorce law is key tobeing able to move towards a better future. Some couples make the mistake of trying to arrive at a divorce agreement without retaining an attorney. While this is possible, it is never recommended, particularly since one spouse almost always receives greater benefits than he or she should have. You might think not hiring an attorney would make the process cheaper, but the result is often more drawn-out and expensive.
Don’t make the mistake of not hiring quality legal representation. Contact the Boston family law attorneys at DiBella Law Offices, P.C., today by calling (978) 327-5140. A single call can schedule a free consultation, where you can discuss your options and see what the experienced team at DiBella Law Offices, P.C., has to offer during this difficult time in your life. We are here to assist you in making tough decisions to allow you to move forward with confidence as you begin to build a new life.
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