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Should you get divorced during the holidays?

Many couples struggle at times during their marriage. Some of these couples stay together, while other couples decide to end their marriage. Couples decide to file for divorce throughout the year but what happens when a couple decides to get divorced during the holidays? 

Many couples find themselves in this difficult situation every year. Announcing your divorce to family and friends around the holidays can be hard to do, especially for couples who have children. Filing for divorce during the holiday season can lead to arguments and negative feelings during a time that is supposed to be full of joy and celebration. What should you do if you have decided to get divorced during the holidays?

Filing for divorce during the holidays can be difficult for many reasons. The emotional toll of divorce can be very stressful for everyone in your family. Not to mention the awkward holiday parties you try to attend with your spouse that you can no longer stand to be around. 

Being in this situation is not easy and may lead to many spouses filing for divorce without thinking of the impact it may have on their family and future goals. Telling your kids you're getting divorced right around the holidays can cause kids to associate the sad and negative feelings with future holidays. In addition to the impact divorce can have on your kids, spouses should think about how filing for divorce before the year is over will impact their taxes and other financial accounts. 

Spouses should know that many couples wait until January to file for divorce. In fact, January sees the most divorce filings out of any other month. Couples considering getting divorced during the holidays may want to wait until after the New Year if at all possible. Waiting can allow your kids to celebrate the holidays as well as not complicate your tax filing for 2013. 

While it may be best to wait, not all couples should or can. Individuals who need to get out of their marriage should contact a divorce attorney as soon as possible to discuss their specific case and see what next steps to take. 

Source: The Huffington Post, "Merry Divorce? Why It's So Hard to Call It Quits During the Holidays," Abby Rodman, Dec. 13, 2013

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