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More people waiting until after the holidays to divorce

A recent study has shown that more couples in Maryland and elsewhere are choosing to wait until after the holidays to divorce. In fact, divorce rates are said to spike in January and tend to peak just before April. Is there any benefit to putting it off for a few of months? The truth is that divorce is very personal, and the process of choosing when to file will be different for every couple.

Why do some couples put off filing for divorce until January? There are those couples with children who simply want to make the holidays as pleasant as possible. While this time of year is filled with a lot of positive things, it too can be stressful in a number of ways. Getting through end-of-year events may be easier to handle for everyone by waiting.

Finances is another major reason some couples may choose to wait until after New Year's to begin divorce proceedings. Holiday spending does usually have an affect on the family budget. It is okay to wait until one feels financially able to begin this legal process.

Choosing when to file for divorce is certainly a difficult decision. The only people that can decide when the right time is, are the people in the marriage. Regardless if that time is during or after the holiday season, legal counsel can help the respective parties in Maryland negotiate settlements that work best for their families and assist them in finalizing this process as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Source:, "Studies show couples wait until after the holidays to divorce, with filings peaking in March", Tim Grant, Dec. 14, 2015

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