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Divorce before or after the holidays?

Spokane residents who have decided to file for divorce know that it is a difficult time of year to make such a difficult decision. The holidays mark celebrations with family and loved ones, and it may be difficult to think of divorcing in the middle of all of the festivities. In some cases, people may question not whether they should file for divorce, but rather, when they should do so.

While it may ultimately differ for each person, the holidays do play an important role in our decisions. For those spouses feel they cannot cope with spending another holiday together, filing for divorce before may be an emergency exit from dealing with the other spouse and their family. Occasionally, waiting may make a difference as well. A number of jurisdictions employ a waiting period prior to the divorce being finalized. Additionally, valuations of your marital estate may be, depending on your jurisdiction, when the divorce proceedings are filed. In such cases, it may be beneficial to divorce sooner, rather than later.

Most likely, if you and your spouse have children, the most important consideration is the holiday season with the kids. Regardless of one's individual preference, this is a large consideration for many divorcing parents. Additionally, if divorce proceedings begin prior to the holidays, there is the possibility that of not spending as much time as one may desire with their children. Co-parenting during the holidays may be a very difficult adjustment for parents to cope with.

Whether filing before or after the holidays, an experienced family attorney can assist with understanding the pertinent areas of Washington divorce law, which can be very complex.

Thinking about divorcing or actually filing paperwork during the holidays can make this season a little less bright. Whether the dissolution process starts now, after the New Year, the process may be emotionally draining and difficult. However, on the bright side, it also represents a new chapter in one's life.

Source: Huffington Post, "Should I File For Divorce Before Or After The Holidays?," Dec. 20, 2012

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