Should I Wait Until After the Holiday Season to Get a Divorce?

By Lois G. Schwartz | September 30, 2021

Should I Wait Until After the Holiday Season to Get a Divorce?

Finding the right time to go through with a divorce is never easy. It may never seem like the right time and you may have concerns about filing around the holidays. With the holiday season right around the corner, here are a few things you should consider if divorce is imminent. 

It May Bring Added Stress

The holidays can be stressful for many families. In addition to the planning and following traditions, navigating a difficult marriage can add to it. There are many factors to consider when it comes to stress. Some families may prefer to get the divorce out of the way and begin making new traditions. Other families may not be ready to divide their child’s time or attend holiday parties solo.

It May Bring False Hope

Choosing to stay together during the holiday season can give both partners, and even their children, false hope. The joy and excitement of the holiday season can provide a false backdrop for how you dreamed your marriage would go. Many spouses may have time off from work and school, which can make you forget about some of the things that frequently lead to fights. This can also give a child false hope as they think that you and your spouse may not go through with the divorce after all.

It May Affect Your Access to a Support Network

The holiday season may provide you with greater access to your support network during this difficult time. Visiting with family can help you deal with emotions and feelings that are related to divorce. It can, however, also lead to interfering relationships. If you’re with your ex’s family during the holidays, it can also bring up feelings of guilt.

To Divorce During the Holidays or Not?

If you’re considering divorce, and it happens to be around the holiday season, you have likely considered whether or not you should wait. There’s a lot that goes into a decision to divorce, regardless of the time of year. Considering divorce during the holidays can add an element of confusion to the process.

Because everyone’s case is different, there isn’t one right answer. If you need additional assistance figuring out the logistics of divorce, including when to file, it may be beneficial to discuss your case with a lawyer. A divorce lawyer can help you go through the many elements and decide when the right time is to file for you and your spouse. A divorce negotiator may also be a useful resource as you and your spouse figure things out.

Contact a Cherry Hill Family Law Attorney for a Consultation About Divorce in New Jersey Today

If you are thinking about filing for divorce, or if you have already started the divorce process and are dealing with another matter such as child custody, child support, or division of assets, you need to speak with a qualified attorney. Family law lawyer, Lois Garber Schwartz, Esq. represents clients throughout the state, including Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, Mt. Laurel, and Marlton. We understand how challenging this time can be for you, which is why we will fight hard to protect your interests, and the interests of your loved ones, throughout the legal process. Call us at (856) 482-8799 or fill out our confidential contact form to schedule a consultation. We have an office conveniently located at 1040 Kings Highway N., Suite 202, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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