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Minn. couples question divorce decisions around holidays

Following through with marital dissolution is never an easy decision. Nobody gets into a marriage with an expectation that it will fail. But financial challenges, disagreements about child issues and an endless list of other problems can put a tremendous amount of stress on a couple and their marriage. Of course, nobody wants to be miserable in their marriage forever, so many eventually turn to divorce.

During the holiday season, a number of people reflect on their relationships with each other and whether they should stay married. But the holidays come with their own stresses and many people are shy about making big life decisions around this time of year. Some Minnesota couples who are in unhappy marriages may be contemplating whether they should file for divorce around the holidays or wait until later in the new year.

One author and divorce attorney lays out the pros and cons of filing for divorce before the holidays. On the pro side, some individuals choose to file before because they do not want to spend another holiday with their spouse. Holidays are supposed to be joyous times, and some people do not want to spoil it by spending time with someone they no longer love.

Another common reason people file before the holidays is that they want their divorce to be finalized before next year's holiday season. Even simple divorces can take awhile, and some individuals do not want to wait any longer than they have to.

On the other side of the coin, many married couples do not want file for divorce before the holidays because they do not want to ruin the season for other loved ones. This is especially true where the couple has small children. Another common reason is that the family has longstanding plans, like a big vacation they do not want to cancel.

Regardless of the time of year, Minnesota couples who are thinking about divorce should file when they are ready. Consulting with a family law attorney before beginning the filing process can help the person be at ease that they have considered all the important issues at stake.

Source: Huffington Post, "Should I File For Divorce Before Or After The Holidays?," Susan Saper Galamba, Dec. 20, 2012

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