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The New Year is Divorce Time: How to Decide If You're Ready for a Divorce

The Holidays are over and the New Year is starting. It may seem like a surprising New Year’s Resolution but many people decide to file for divorce after getting through the holidays.

As Russell I. Marnell, principal lawyer at the Marnell Law Group told Reader’s Digest, the holidays lead to an increase in January divorces in a combination of ways. “Stress levels during the holidays are exacerbated by the stress of the marriage and they don’t want to deal with both of these situations,’ he said. ‘A couple that is struggling to maintain a marriage may often be prompted to consider divorce as part of one or both of the partners’ self-evaluation that comes with the new year. Many people make New Year’s resolutions to put their personal lives in order, even if that includes ending an unhealthy marriage.’”

If you're considering divorce, you're probably feeling a wide range of emotions: fear, sadness, anger, confusion, and relief. It's normal to feel all of these things (and more), but it can be hard to sort through them and figure out what to do next.

Things you should do before making any decisions

If you're thinking about getting a divorce, there are a few things you should do before making any decisions. In this blog post, we'll walk you through four important steps to take before deciding whether or not divorce is right for you.

1. Get clear on your goals.

What do you want to accomplish by getting a divorce? What are your non-negotiables? What are you willing to compromise on? Getting clear on your goals will help you – and your lawyer – determine the best way to move forward.

2. Understand the financial implications.

Divorce can have a significant impact on your finances – both in the short-term and long-term. Make sure you understand exactly what's at stake before making any decisions. If you have Joint Accounts will they need to be split? What about debts? What will happen to your credit score? These are all important questions to ask yourself before moving forward with a divorce.

3. Consider the impact on your children.

If you have kids, divorce will have a big impact on their lives as well. They might have to switch schools, move homes, or change their daily routine. Think carefully about how divorce will affect your children's lives before making any decisions.

4. Get support from people who understand what you're going through.

Divorce can be an emotionally charged process, so it's important to have a strong support system in place. Talk to friends or family members who have been through divorce, join a support group, or hire a therapist or coach who can help you navigate this difficult time.

Making the decision to get divorced is never easy – but it can be even harder if you don't know where to start. If you're considering divorce, take some time to prepare yourself emotionally and financially for what lies ahead. And most importantly, don't go through this process alone – reach out for support from people who understand what you're going through and can help guide you through this difficult time in your life.

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