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Will January 2017 go down as another 'Divorce Month?'

At this time of the year, people throughout California and across the nation are doing their best to honor their resolutions for 2017. To be certain, many are currently trying to shed a few pounds, quit smoking, arrange their finances or even find a new job.

Given certain historical trends, it's likely that many others are doing their best to follow through on their resolution to end their marriage in 2017. Indeed, January has long been referred to as "Divorce Month" in legal circles, owing to the considerable uptick in individuals seeking divorce-related representation.

In case you have a hard time believing this, consider that officials with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers have consistently reported that family law attorneys see a 25-30 percent spike in business during the month of January.

As to the reasons for this phenomenon, experts have long attributed it to everything from the compulsion people feel to reinvent themselves at the dawn of the new year to a desire to let family members spend one last holiday season together. Still others, however, ascribe it to more practical purposes, such as the general dearth of court time from Thanksgiving through New Year's, and tax considerations.

Whatever the reasoning, many professionals are urging those who may still be on the fence about a divorce or who are confident in their decision to end their marriage but not quite ready to proceed, to resist the urge to follow the crowd.

Specifically, they are reminding people that divorce is one of the most significant decisions they will ever make both personally and financially, and, as such, it requires careful consideration and painstaking preparation.

Indeed, they point out that biding one's time at this point in the year can actually facilitate the gathering of important year-end financial records, and ensure that any bonus or raise received by a soon-to-be former spouse is included in divorce proceedings.

It will be interesting to see if January 2017 will go on to become yet another Divorce Month. In the meantime, if you have questions about the divorce process or are ready to move forward with a divorce filing, consider speaking with a skilled legal professional to learn more.

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