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Is January the best time of the year for a divorce?

If you're struggling to keep your marriage alive, there may come a point when you decide to learn more about the divorce process. Regardless of the time of year, if divorce is on your mind, it's something to strongly consider.

However, January is historically one of the busiest times of the year for divorce filings. Here are some of the reasons why:

  • A new year leads to new beginnings. If you want to start the new year off on the right foot, you may decide that ending your marriage is critical. Many people have a New Year's resolution to either fix their marriages or file for divorce.
  • The prior financial year is in the books. Now that the prior year has come to an end, everything is already in the books regarding your finances. For example, your spouse received all their earnings for the year, including bonuses, thus making it part of the property division process.
  • A new tax year is here. Divorce impacts your tax situation in many ways, so ending your marriage in January allows you to more easily plan for the rest of the year.

There is no right or wrong time to file for divorce, but January is always a busy time of the year. You should proceed whenever you feel that it's best, based on your current situation and what you hope to accomplish in the future.

If you're ready to tackle the divorce process, learn more about the steps to take, your legal rights and the many ways a divorce will impact your life in the future.

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