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Should you wait until after the holidays to file for divorce?

For couples in Massachusetts whose marriages are falling apart, trying to decide when to end their relationships can, understandably, be difficult. This is particularly true during the holiday season. During a time that is supposed to be about joy and family, talking about divorce can be sad and stressful — something most people do not want to deal with at this time of year.

So, should couples wait until after the holiday season to file for divorce or should they just pull the trigger and start the process? The answer to that question will be different for every couple. However, according to a recent study, more people are choosing to wait until after the New Year to take the leap and file papers.

In fact, in January there is often a spike in divorce rates. This increase continues through the end of March, which is when attorneys tend to see a decline once again. What is it about the beginning of the year that has this effect on divorce rates?

It is believed that children and finances are behind couples choosing to wait until after the holidays to file for divorce. Waiting until after the holidays may help children cope with the change. From a financial standpoint, people tend to stretch their budgets between November and December, so legal fees are the last thing they may want to deal with at this time of year.

Not everyone feels the same way or they may not have any financial concerns, so filing for divorce over the holidays may not seem like a big deal. At the end of the day, the time at which Massachusetts couples choose to file for divorce should be when they feel it is best for their specific circumstances. When ready, legal assistance is available to help a couple work through every aspect of divorce and come to terms that each party feels is satisfactory.

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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