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Move Over, Divorce Monday: March Is Peak Season For Divorce Filings


Conventional wisdom suggests that the first business Monday of the year is the day that sees more divorce filings than any other day of the year.  Furthermore, it is the day when divorce law firms review the greatest number of first-time communications from prospective clients.  Couples have various reasons for filing for divorce at the beginning of the calendar year; for one thing, it makes tax filing issues simpler.  Then there is the question of the holidays; some couples decide, during the fall, to separate, but they have one last family Christmas together before filing for divorce.  In other families, years of tension boil over during holiday festivities with the in-laws.  Meanwhile, the month with the greatest number of divorce filings is March, not January.  Far from being a question of “beware the Ides of March,” the entire month serves as an aftershock to Divorce Monday.  A Boca Raton divorce lawyer can help you move forward with your divorce in March or any other month.

Mad as a March Hare and Not Going to Take It Anymore

The Divorce Monday surge in contact with divorce law firms and the March surge in divorce filings are not mutually exclusive.  It takes a few months to get all your plans and all your documents organized before you file for divorce.  The people who submit divorce petitions on Divorce Monday are the ones who have been planning and preparing for it for months.  In some cases, the spouses have been working out their divorce plans collaboratively, but in other cases, one spouse is blindsided by receiving the divorce petition, having no idea that her dad’s usual boorish behavior at Christmas dinner was the last straw.

What Do Divorce Lawyers Do Between January and March?

Trying to work out all the details of your divorce with your spouse before you contact a lawyer creates more problems than it solves.  Being as honest with your spouse during your divorce as you were during your marriage is an admirable goal.  It is fine to tell your spouse what you plan to request in a divorce petition, but don’t get drawn into negotiations without a lawyer.  Between the initial contact with a client and the divorce filing, divorce lawyers strategize.  They point out possible challenges to getting the things you plan to request in your petition.  They look for issues that are difficult to solve in mediation, and they propose ways to solve these issues so that you can avoid a costly trial.  Divorce lawyers engage in necessary conflict to resolve disputes before they become truly ugly and prohibitively expensive.  They also help you plan for your financial future after your divorce becomes final.

Contact Schwartz | White About Preparing to File for Divorce

A South Florida family law attorney can help you decide what to request in a divorce petition and prepare to file it in a legally compliant manner.  Contact Schwartz | White in Boca Raton, Florida about your case.



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