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The new year often means more divorces

Now that the holidays are over, many couples make the difficult decision to end their marriages. According to the experts, the number of divorces can increase anywhere from 25 percent to 30 percent from January through March. In fact, more people get divorced during these three months than during any other time of the year. The lowest number of divorces occurs during the summer months and during the holidays.

The reason for this typically relates to the holiday season. Many people want to stay together for one last holiday as a family, particularly if they have children. On the other hand, the stress of the holiday season is all some couples need to make the final decision to call it quits. Another reason couples wait to divorce until the New Year is that they want to start the new year with a clean slate. With the holidays behind them, people may feel ready to change their lives and move forward alone in the new year.

Many couples also decide to wait until the new year for financial reasons. As couples get ready to file their taxes, they will need to collect their financial records. It is not difficult to simply forward those records to a divorce attorney as well.

The divorce process can be complicated, no matter what time of the year you decide to file. In addition to dealing with issues relating to property division, you may also have to deal with alimony, child custody arrangements and child support payments. An experienced California divorce attorney may be able to help you by providing you with quality legal advice and support throughout the divorce.

Source: KY3, "With the holidays over, 'tis the season for divorces," Mike Landis, Jan. 8, 2018

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