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For some in Spokane, divorce is on the brain after the holidays

The holiday season is finally over, and many people in Washington may have a surprising thing on their minds: divorce. Studies have shown that divorce filings tend to spike just after the holidays. Some speculate that this is due to tensions unleashed after days spent together at family functions with in-laws. Regardless of the cause, many people will probably have divorce on the brain this January.

What is the best way to handle an overwhelming desire to file for divorce? Many experts suggest not rushing to the courthouse in the heat of the moment. As unromantic as it may be to say it, marriage is a financial relationship too, and one should take finances into account when deciding whether to divorce and when. Allowing time for calm reflection on the decision is usually wise.

After a period of calm reflection, a spouse may choose to go ahead with a divorce. There are a number of things that a spouse can do that may make the process easier, less time-consuming and less expensive. Many experts recommend treating the divorce like a business deal instead of treating it as a way of punishing a bad spouse. Ways of accomplishing this include not bad-mouthing a spouse to others, not bothering third parties and not making decisions simply to annoy one's spouse.

This may be easier said than done, especially if child custody, child support or alimony is a part of the equation. Still, handling the situation in a business-like manner increases the chances of being able to move on with one's life as soon as possible.

Source: MarketWatch, "How to get the upper hand in your divorce," Quentin Fottrell, Dec. 30, 2016

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