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Divorce Day is on the horizon: Here's what you should know

Although it's a kitschy name, Divorce Day is coming up fast. What is Divorce Day? It's the single day of the year when the most divorce cases are started with attorneys. It's the Monday following Christmas break, a time when the holidays are over and people can finally start getting back to their normal activities. For some, that means getting a divorce.

The first few days of the new year are the busiest in terms of divorce for attorneys. Some see as many as three times the normal inquiries. Why? Many people wait for the start of a new year or avoid filing until after the holidays to make things easier.

For some, the holidays create a make-or-break situation. They believe if the holidays go well, they may still be able to make their marriages work. When the holidays don't go as planned, it adds fuel to the fire and gives a spouse the push needed to "start over" after Jan. 1.

People begin to think about their lives at the beginning of a new year, and that can mean breaking off from their spouses. New Year's Day signifies a fresh start, and for many, that fresh start means getting out of a boring, toxic or otherwise unsatisfactory relationship.

Others may choose to divorce following the holidays because it's financially beneficial. For some, waiting means adding time to the marriage and scoring a better alimony payout. For others, it means a tax break and savings on the next year's taxes.

Divorces aren't always the solution, but if your marriage can't be saved, it may be the right choice for you. Sit down and talk to your spouse; if divorce is what you both want, your attorney can help.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "After the holidays, Divorce Day looms," Danielle Braff, accessed Dec. 21, 2017

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