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Divorce season hits a high between January and April

Maybe you are tired of hearing your spouse complain, want to get into a better financial position without your partner spending money on credit cards or just don't get along anymore. Whatever the reason is that you're considering a divorce, you should know that you have a right to speak with an attorney about the implications a divorce has for you now and in the future.

The beginning of any new year is what some call "divorce season." The holidays are over, and that means more people are prepared to take the plunge into divorce. On top of that, with tax returns hitting bank accounts, more people have the funds necessary to file.

There are other reasons a divorce is more likely during this time of year, though. Perhaps the holidays were the final straw in a marriage on the brink, or the thought of an entire year with a spouse is just too much to handle.

It's fairly clear that the time between January and April sees an uptick in divorces because of tax returns. When people can afford to pay their attorneys, they seek a way out and take it. In fact, 30 percent more couples file for a divorce in January alone.

Another thing that might draw more people toward divorce after Christmas and New Year's is the thought of avoiding further holidays with spouses. Valentine's Day, Easter and other holidays spent with spouses and loved ones might be too much to think about, spurring a divorce earlier in the year.

If you're considering a divorce, it's important to know all the ways it will affect you. Your attorney can help you understand the tax implications, ways the divorce could affect your retirement and other factors you should consider.

Source: News-Press Now, "'Divorce season' begins the new year," Thomas Huitt-Johnson, Jan. 16, 2017

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