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Baltimore & Towson Lawyer Discusses Delaying Divorce For The Holidays

Written by Amar Weisman » December 22, 2015 »

Marylanders usually want to begin the divorce process by filing papers because it is the first step. Without a Judgment of Absolute Divorce, you are and your spouse remain a single family unit and single financial unit (no matter how long you have been separated, no matter what you and your spouse intend). Yet there is something to be said for timing.

Is Delaying Your Divorce Until 2016 a Good Idea?

Come November and December, the sentiment for most people is the same – the holidays tend to bring people together to reminisce and celebrate. However, it can also be a stressful time for some, particularly those who are dealing with a strained relationship that is about to end. Still, as in most situations in life, there are pros and cons to waiting to file for divorce.

Some of the pros have already been mentioned above – the holiday season may bring you and your spouse closer to each other. Additionally, if you wait until after the new year arrives, you will have more time to deal with the situation in a rational and calm manner that will be free of any holiday-related stress that might occur. Also, from a financial standpoint, waiting until the new year may prove helpful in that you will have more time to ensure you are aware of your financial worth by gathering all necessary information pertaining to your debts and assets.

As for the downside of waiting until 2016 to file, there are a few obvious points to be made. First of all, waiting until the new year arrives simply prolongs the situation (which may be a volatile and/or intolerable situation in the first place). Also, by delaying the process, you are making a bold assumption that things will not get worse during that “waiting period.” But consider this: What if your spouse gets laid off from his or her job before the end of the year? This could compromise the potential outcome you are expecting from the divorce or it might even delay the divorce altogether.

As you can see, there are very valid reasons to proceed with the divorce and there are valid reasons to hold off on filing until 2016. Of course, you, as the divorcing individual, will have to make the decision that works best for you and your particular family’s situation. Deciding to divorce is never easy for those involved, so we encourage you to take some time to think on the above-mentioned pros and cons and do not proceed too hastily.

If you are considering divorce or any other family law issue and would like to discuss your specific situation with a divorce lawyer, do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Amar Weisman, LLC as soon as possible. An attorney is ready to assist you with your legal needs and ensure that you understand the process and all possible legal options and rights.

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