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Some people wait for the New Year to file for divorce

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The New Year brings up a time of change for some individuals. If you are unhappy in your marriage, you might be starting it off with thoughts of divorce. For some, the start of the year is the perfect time to split up. The decision to divorce at the start of the year is practical for some individuals.

They don't want to complicate the holiday season for the kids, so they remain a family until the start of the year. This takes the pressure off the adults to face the holidays without their significant other. It is also an opportunity for them to think about the logistics of the split, such as who is going to live where.

Another reason for some people to stay together until the first of the year has to do with finances. Splitting up at the start of the year can make things like filing federal income taxes much easier since the split will start with a new tax year.

If you are planning to file for divorce after the first of the year, you can spend the rest of it gathering everything you might need for the filing and proceedings. This includes statements for mortgage accounts, bank accounts, investments and similar aspects. Having this handy when you file enables you to fill out as much information as possible on the petition.

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