According to an article in the New York Times from January 4, 2020, many lawyers see in increase in divorce filings in January after the holidays. Filing for divorce in a new year may be one of those New Year’s resolutions. “That will be the last time I suffer through another New Year’s Eve with [fill in the blank]!”
According to the article, people “tend to face the holidays with rising expectations, despite what disappointments they may have had in years past.” The December holidays represent a time that reminds folks of the good times that once were and a reminder of what could be, of opportunities for new beginnings.
When considering a divorce, a vital consideration is the process that is used. In 2020 and beyond, there are more evolved ways of divorcing than just a scorched earth approach. You can divorce with dignity and respect through a Collaborative Divorce.
Collaborative Divorce is a process where the couple works with a team of professionals to help them separate with dignity and respect and to create their own unique agreements. The goal is a win/win situation for the family. Decisions are made by the couple without going to court or involving a judge or other third-party decision-maker. The couple is in control of the outcome, with the guidance, support and assistance of their professional team. The professional team includes lawyers, mental health professionals and a financial expert. This method of handling conflict is designed to minimize hostility and maximize outcomes, recognizing that how you approach the divorce will have lasting consequences for you and your family.