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Divorce filings decrease in anticipation of the holidays

33490922_S.jpgWith the holiday season in full swing, no one wants to take the role of "Grinch" and cast a pall over the events and family gatherings. Obviously, if you are considering a divorce, all is not well in your marriage. But this time of year, if you have a family vacation scheduled or just some time with extended family, you probably want to believe in the advertising hype and Currier and Ives depictions of families joining together for celebrations.

And all of that busyness makes for a lull in divorce filings, as even those in unhappy marriages focus on things other than their own unhappiness. Some couples may not agree on much, but they may agree that they should allow their children one last holiday season, unconcerned with visitation schedules and custody arrangements.

Some may simply want to avoid the embarrassment of the forced togetherness of some parties or gatherings, where if they filed the first week of December for divorce, the would be forced to spend most of the month explaining to everyone they run into what happened to their marriage and why they are divorcing.

And with the New Year just around the corner, it may seem best to make a fresh start in the next year. January tends to be quiet, with fewer gatherings, allowing you the time to contemplate your new situation and regain your composure. It also allows your children a full year to be prepared for the potential of a separated holiday.

There is no ideal time for a divorce, but there may be a time when it is right and necessary. You will know when it is that time.

Source: fresnobee.com, "Studies show couples wait until after holidays to divorce," Tim Grant, December 14, 2015

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