A new year often sees divorce filings rise

On Behalf of | Jan 18, 2024 | Blog, Divorce |

Towards the end of the year, people tend to think a lot about their lives. This introspection often leads to looking at life goals and how happy they are.

The fresh start effect is a psychological phenomenon where individuals make positive changes at significant points, such as the beginning of a new year. Some couples realize they want something new, and this may mean filing for divorce.

Dealing with reality after holidays

The first few months of the year often witness a surge in divorce filings, marking a big change in their lives. Holidays can be a tough time for some couples. The high expectations, family gatherings and gift-giving expenses can make existing problems even bigger. When couples see the difference between what they expected and what is really happening, they might decide it is time for a change.

What it means for family

Getting a divorce does not only affect the couple; it also affects their family. Children, especially, might find it hard to deal with their parents separating. Talking openly and offering support are important to help kids through this tough time.

Getting through tough times

Divorces are difficult, often bringing out the worst in people. Keeping calm during this challenging time can help you make a smoother transition.

Talking it out. Having honest conversations helps couples understand each other better. If needed, seeking help from professionals like counselors can make communication easier.

Handling feelings. Finding healthy ways to deal with tough feelings is important. This might involve talking to friends, family or joining support groups to navigate the emotional parts of divorce.

Planning for kids. Creating a good plan for co-parenting can make things easier for children. Being clear, consistent and focusing on what is best for the kids are key parts of successful co-parenting.

Financial issues. Understanding and dividing assets and debts and creating a financial plan can ease the divorce process. This preparation ensures a clearer picture and a smoother transition for both parties.

While divorce comes with challenges, having a plan can make the process smoother and set the stage for a new beginning.

Filing for divorce

Regardless of when you file, divorcing is a life-altering step with many things to consider. Approaching it with a positive mindset can produce better outcomes.


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