Should you wait to divorce until January?

On Behalf of | Dec 16, 2020 | Divorce

Going through a divorce in Indiana during the holidays can be emotionally taxing. That’s why so many couples decide to put off a separation or divorce until the beginning of the year. However, waiting for the merriest time of the year to pass won’t necessarily equate to a joyous holiday season.

Benefits of waiting to divorce until January

If you’re considering divorce, you may be wondering if it is better to wait until the new year to begin the process. Maybe your resolution last year was to give your marriage another try, or perhaps this year’s resolution is to put an end to your relationship misery. As you’re weighing your decision, there may be a few reasons to wait to divorce until January.

Less emotional stress

The holidays can be stressful enough for anyone. If your marriage is coming to an end, this time of year can be downright overwhelming. By giving yourself some extra time to cool your emotions, you may save yourself a lot of stress in the long run.

Financial reasons

When it comes to the evaluation of assets, the date of separation and the actual date of filing for divorce may be important. For example, if your spouse receives a large end-of-year work bonus, if may be more beneficial for you to wait until the beginning of the year to file. Other potential financial matters worth considering include:

  • Tax implications
  • Investment account statements
  • Healthcare

Happier holidays

Many couples wait to separate or divorce until January to avoid having to make an announcement that could negatively impact the holidays. This is particularly true for couples with kids. Couples who are unable to get along with their exes in a productive manner may choose to remain married but spend holidays apart.

Although choosing to wait until January to separate or divorce may be difficult, in the end, it may be a less stressful outcome for you and your soon-to-be ex. A divorce attorney may be able to help you weigh your pros and cons.

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