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You really don't want to sit through another dinner with your in-laws and you just can't stand your spouse another minute! Divorce seems like a solution and it may well be.
But stop. Take a breath. There are some good reasons to grin and bear it for the holiday season. So, for practical, financial, and emotional purposes, consider waiting until January, as so many do, before you file for divorce.
Alton Abramowitz, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers told Reuters that there is no solid data on how many divorces are filed in January, but it is a popular time to act. "People don't want to upset the apple cart over the holidays ... And then, because they don't want to spend another damned year with that spouse of theirs, as soon as the holidays are over they pull the plug and file," explained Abramowitz. He outlines some reasons to hang around.
Maybe the most important reason to wait until January is that your life is going to change drastically when you divorce. Use the holiday season to say goodbye to your current life and prepare for the one ahead. Your marriage may be over but it isn't done yet and no one can predict what wisdom (or gifts) you will gain if you wait just a little longer.
Speak to a local attorney to learn more about divorce. Counsel can help you prepare practically and emotionally for this process.
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