January has shown a tendency to be the month that most people choose to separate and start a divorce process. These are some of the key reasons why they chose to end a marriage at the beginning of the year:
- Vacation time also means spending more time together
An already strained relationship can suffer further when the couple spends a lot more time together than they ordinarily do, adding stress and highlighting their difficulties.
- New Years Resolutions
People wanting to Get A Fresh Start For The Year often assess where they are with their lives and what they want to achieve over the forthcoming year. If someone has been unhappy for a long time, this can be seen as a good opportunity to make the difficult decision to separate, thinking of making a positive change to their lives.
- Spending the Holidays As A Family
Couples with children tend to avoid separating before the holidays as it is supposed to be a festive time and they do not want their children to have their parents separate during this period. Additionally, children are on vacation during December and the beginning of January, making it difficult for parents to find the time to seek advice and make plans when they have the care of the children. Once the children go back to school parents then have time to seek advice and make decisions without the children being present.
Seeking legal advice from an experienced family lawyer is important for someone who is recently separated or who is contemplating a separation. Family lawyers are able to provide parties with advice about their legal entitlements, both in relation to a property settlement and in relation to children’s arrangements. They can also provide parties with advice about the key steps to take when they have recently separated and about the options that are available to them.