You made it through the holiday season with a marriage that is on the brink. You even made it through 2020, which was an extremely challenging year for most Americans in many ways. Yet as you look toward the New Year, you see yourself living a new, independent life. You realize that your marriage has been over for months, if not years, and it is time to cut the cord. If you are contemplating getting divorced this coming January, you are not alone. Legal experts have called January the Divorce Month for years.
Waiting Until the Holidays are Over to Get Divorced
In many legal circles, January is known as “Divorce Month” because so many people wait to get divorced until after the holiday. The first half of January typically has the highest number of divorce filings. As soon as New Year's Day is over and people begin resuming their regular schedules, they contact a divorce lawyer to file for divorce.
The search term “divorce” peaked between Jan. 6 and Jan. 12 in 2019. As financial pressures are among the most common reasons for divorce, many people expect the divorce rate to increase even more in January 2021. The stress involved with the holiday season, including spending lots of time with family and increased travel and spending, can become the last straw in a marriage already on the brink.
Tips for Seeking a Divorce in January
If you are considering filing for divorce in January, the first step you should take is to hire an experienced divorce lawyer. At Glasgow & Olsson, our divorce lawyers have decades of experience representing Cook County area clients in divorce cases. Our award-winning attorneys will provide you with excellent legal advice and use their negotiating skills throughout the process.
It is also wise to consider hiring a forensic accountant, especially if you own significant assets or own a business. Your spouse may not be forthcoming regarding your assets or money, and a forensic accountant may be able to help you understand your financial situation clearly. Your lawyer will be able to advise you as to which steps you need to take.
If you are responsible for paying most of your bills, make sure you are keeping detailed reports of your monthly expenditures. Putting a report together related to your spending can help you immensely in the future, especially if your spouse begins to spend your shared assets recklessly during the divorce process. Finally, it is wise to seek help for your mental health from trusted friends, family members, or professional mental health professionals. Going through a divorce is difficult, and having a trusted sounding board can help you through the process.
Contact an Experienced Divorce Lawyer
If you are considering a divorce in Cook County, Glasgow & Olsson is here to help. When you need an attorney, experience matters. We do not provide a free consultation because we view your initial consultation as the most important meeting you will have regarding your divorce. Contact us today to learn how we can represent you.