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Should you postpone filing for divorce over the holidays?

On Behalf of | Dec 5, 2023 | Divorce in Texas

Once it is inevitable that your marriage has irretrievably broken down, it becomes a matter of when and who will file the petition to divorce. Since there is strategy involved in divorce, this can be an important factor for the spouses.

But should you file now, right before the winter holidays? Below are some points to consider before making your next move.

The date of your filing becomes an anniversary

Do you really want to mark the date of the end of your marriage every year right before or in the middle of your holiday celebrations? Many people prefer choosing dates that are less emotionally fraught with memories of better times.

It can affect the children

If you have children of any age with your spouse, filing around the holidays can put a damper on their enjoyment of the season. Divorce is hard on the entire family, but often it’s hardest on the children. Unless there is abuse involved, in which case you should prioritize safety above all else, it may be kinder to wait until after the new year to file for your divorce.

You don’t need the added stress

Many people find this time of year to be stressful enough without adding their divorce into the mix. You may prefer to grin and bear it together for one final holiday season before pulling the plug on your marriage.

Understand how the law affects your rights

It is always prudent to understand how the laws affect your Texas divorce so that you can protect your rights to custody and the division of community property.