Why do Divorce Rates Spike in January?

With January recently coming to a close, you may find yourself ready to begin the divorce process, if you haven’t already. Though there is a fair amount of speculation as to why that is, the truth is, divorce rates rise anywhere between 20%-30% in the month of January. Many attribute the statistic to the holidays finally coming to a close. Oftentimes, and especially when spouses have children, they will stick out the last holiday season for their children, and once the holidays are over, they’ll decide to call it quits. If you are about to enter the divorce process, please read on and reach out to our experienced Bristol County divorce attorneys to learn more about how we can help you through the legal process going forward:

What is the divorce process like?

Oftentimes, the most overwhelming part of divorce is the litigation process. When spouses cannot agree on divorce terms, such as child custody, or who gets what assets, they enter what is known as a contested divorce. Contested divorces ultimately result in your assets going up for equitable distribution, where a judge will decide the outcome of your divorce in a courtroom setting. This is very often overwhelming for many people, which is why they seek to avoid it. Fortunately, you do have your options.

Can I avoid going to court for a divorce?

In many cases, contested divorces can become uncontested via mediation. A divorce mediator is a neutral third-party whom you and your spouse select. Your mediator will facilitate a calm, civil discussion between you and your spouse, all while listening to your wishes in the hopes of creating a solid compromise that works for both you and your spouse. Though it may seem difficult, it saves many people the inconvenience, stress, difficulty of going to court to settle their divorce–not to mention, mediation oftentimes saves couples money.

Can I protect my assets from a divorce?

In many cases, you can. For example, if you draft a prenuptial agreement before your marriage, you can outline exactly “who gets what” in the event of a divorce. That being said, if you are already married, you can still draft a postnuptial agreement, which serves the same purpose. Our firm is solely dedicated to helping you through all matters of family and divorce law–all you have to do is ask.

Contact our experienced Massachusetts firm

For over 30 years, The Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley, P.C. has provided quality legal support and representation for clients in Bristol County and all of Massachusetts. Our firm’s experience eases the stress of clients while providing the legal services they deserve. If you need help through a contested divorce, contact The Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley, P.C. for a consultation today.