How to Divorce Stress-Free (Or Close to It) After the Holidays

The start of every year – year after year – sees a noticeable spike in divorce rates as people decide that, with the holidays over, it is now the right time to end their marriage. According to a 2016 article posted in the Chicago Tribune, “After the Holidays Divorce Day Looms,” the jump is around 30% compared to most other months in a given year.

When considering how full of anxiety the post-holiday season can feel already, knowing that you are starting a divorce can just pile more stress on top—but it doesn’t need to be that way. It is possible to minimize the stress and anxiety of divorce with the help of a compassionate attorney.

Friedman & Friedman, Attorneys at Law has helped clients through the divorce process for more than 30 years. Our team is always ready to answer questions, relieve anxieties, and provide the guidance our clients need during such a personal and difficult time. Read below for tips from our family law team on how to make your divorce as pain-free as possible and then call us at (516) 688-0088 to set up a personalized consultation.

Stay On Course & Ask for Help

How you approach your divorce and the type of mindset you have will dramatically affect how the process pans out. Everyone wants to see a quick, amicable conclusion to their divorce, but this is not always the case, nor is it really the norm. Your idea of a fair resolution might look heads-and-tails different from your spouse’s. Even if you disagree on just one aspect of your divorce agreement, conflict can spark and stress can rise.

As Sari Friedman, founding attorney of Friedman & Friedman, points out, “…having an attorney you are comfortable with and who you feel confidence in can go a long way to relieving stress.” Teaming up with someone who knows the law inside and out and who has taken the time to get to know your interests and objectives in your divorce might be all you need to finally move forward.

There Is No “One Size Fits All” Approach to Divorce

Make certain your family lawyer understands what you want out of your divorce and does not use a “cookie cutter” solution. There are many things that are common to almost every divorce—such as property division, alimony, custody, and child support—but each of these aspects is unique to your situation. There is no one way to approach issues that are so personal. Your divorce attorney should never treat your case the same as everyone else’s. Find a lawyer who approaches and handles your case based on your individual needs.

Don’t Wait to Get Legal Counsel

Some people hesitate to reach out to a legal professional for assistance because they believe there is shame or wrongdoing in divorce. This is absolutely not true. Others try to convince themselves that it just isn’t the “right time” to file for divorce. This is also a falsehood, as there is no “perfect” time to file.

As Attorney Sari Friedman tells her clients, waiting too long to divorce can bring unexpected consequences. In the post-holiday season, this often means splitting a big holiday bonus since it still counts as marital assets. Get legal representation and counsel as soon as you are certain of pursuing a divorce.

Meet Your New York Family Law Firm

For all of your divorce, family law, and matrimonial law needs, Friedman & Friedman, Attorneys at Law is here to help. We have offices in Garden City and New York City and serve clients all throughout the greater metropolitan area. Be sure to contact us at your earliest opportunity if you need help with child custody, fathers’ rights, postnuptial agreements, and more. You can also call our Long Island divorce attorneys at (516) 688-0088 to schedule a case evaluation.

Categories: Divorce, Family Law