Should I Divorce Before or After the Holiday Season?

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When is The Right Time to Divorce?

Deciding to divorce your spouse isn’t an easy one, no matter what time of year. While you want to get your divorce started as soon as possible, you may be struggling with one thing that could be holding you back — the coming holiday season. If you’re having trouble finding the right time to start your divorce, here are some pros and cons about divorce and the holiday season.

Pros to Divorcing Before The Holiday Season

You may want to consider filing for divorce now due to the following reasons:

  • Sense of Relief - If you are feeling unhappy with your marriage situation and you’ve tried to resolve your marital issues without any success, filing for divorce before the holidays may offer you a sense of relief. Knowing that you are about to make a significant life change that will make you feel better can help you get through a divorce during the holidays.
  • Get the process started - In Michigan, there is a 60-day waiting period before a divorce can be finalized. Getting the process started now can mean a fresh start earlier. You may also be entitled to receive temporary orders involving spousal support and child support.

Cons to Divorcing Before the Holiday Season

The following are some reasons you may want to consider waiting until after the holiday season:

  • Forgo planned holiday trips - you may already have holiday travel plans in place. Whether it’s a trip to Disney or a beach vacation, filing for divorce now may mean forgoing your travel plans, and divorcing before the holidays could mean giving up some holiday time with your children.
  • Upsetting children- if children are involved, it goes without saying that the news of parents splitting up will be upsetting to them — and divorcing during the holiday season can heighten sensitivities.

When it comes to divorce, it may never seem like the right time. However, before leaping, speak to an experienced divorce attorney so you can understand how the process works and your rights so you can make an informed decision.

Need Help With a Divorce? Grewal Law PLLC is Here For You.

Deciding to divorce your spouse isn’t an easy one — and when children are involved, it can make the scenario that much more contentious. When emotions are running high, it can be challenging to think clearly about the right time to divorce. However, know that support is available, and our experienced family law attorneys are here to explain your legal rights and the process so you can rest assured your rights are protected and your children’s best interests.

Contact Grewal Law PLLC at (888) 211-5798 to schedule a free consultation today.

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