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Divorce rates rise as the new year dawns

5078627_S.jpgMissouri couples who are in unhappy marriages may find themselves looking to make a change in their lives with the turn of the new year. It is accompanied annually by an upsurge in new filings for divorce every year as rates spring up from a December slowdown. There are a number of reasons why the new year can accompany a divorce filing, from resolutions to make changes to one's life to stressful or unhappy family holidays prolonged in order to please children or other members of the family.

As the winter holidays consume the attention of families across the United States, divorce filings annually fall to their lowest point in December. Many families seek to maintain fun holidays for their children even as their marriage is coming to an end. In January, a sharp upswing begins until March each year, before fluctuation throughout the remainder of the year. For people considering divorce with the dawning of the new year, there is some advice to keep in mind.

The new year is a great time to collect one's financial documents, as one begins to prepare for tax filings. The last pay stub of the year can have important information for a divorce lawyer to use in matters related to property division, alimony and child support.

It is also a good occasion for a social media break. Because everything said on social media can become a factor in the divorce, in-person support from friends, family and professionals can be most important at this time. People considering ending their marriages at any time of yer might want to consult with a family law attorney who has experience with the divorce process.

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