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Should I start a divorce during the holidays?

If you are in a marriage that simply makes you sick (literally or figuratively) chances are that you have thought about initiating a divorce long before the holiday season started. Nevertheless, you may be ambivalent about starting it at this time of year. After all, it’s supposed to be “the most wonderful time of the year.”

Because of this, family and friends may not want you to spend the entire holiday season in a funk. Even while you may be depressed and angry with your situation, you still may want a way out. But what about the children who hold this time of the year so dear?

If you are thinking about the kids, chances are that you are on the right track. Family court judges expect parents to make decisions with children in mind, so making a decision that supports the benefit of a child’s holiday season is likely the best move. Additionally, it is a way to remind kids that they have two parents, and that despite your differences with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, you are still a family.

Nevertheless, even if you decide not to start a divorce during the holidays, planning is still important. There’s nothing wrong with interviewing potential attorneys at this time, and most family law lawyers welcome the opportunity to talk with you about your rights and options. While some may charge a consultation fee, it may be well worth the money to help in setting expectations, finding someone you trust and are comfortable with, learning about the law and preparing for the process.

The preceding is not legal advice. 

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