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January known for its increase in divorces

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With 2014 underway, many Arizonans may be considering divorce. In fact, many have dubbed January "Divorce Month." An analysis conducted by FindLaw.com found that between 2008 and 2011, the number of American divorces typically spike in January, then peak in March. Some experts claim the increased divorce rate in January may be attributed to individuals not wanting to be seen as heartless during the holiday season. These experts also claim tax consequences and wanting to include end-of-the-year bonuses may also play a significant role in waiting until January to divorce.

As for March's divorce peak, many think those considering divorce start planning in January, waiting until the holiday season. After discovering how much the divorce will cost, how the divorce will affect his or her life, and considering other issues such as child custody, an individual may be ready to file for divorce. But that planning process may take months, leading to the spike in divorce rates in March.

Getting divorced can be complicated, not just emotionally, but legally as well. Many divorce legal issues must be contemplated, negotiated, and fought for, requiring competent legal representation. Whether a dispute arises over property division, alimony, child custody, or child support, a legal advocate can help negotiate and draft documents in an attempt to reach a favorable resolution for the divorcing party.

The emotional tumult that comes with the end of a marriage can make decision-making difficult. To ensure he or she is seeing the full picture clearly and is protecting his or her legal rights, Arizonans thinking about getting divorced should consider consulting a family law attorney. With this help, a divorcing party may be able to start his or her new life on sound financial footing and with a strong relationship with his or her child, should he or she wish to have one.

Source: CNN, "In January, 'ex' marks the spot," Sarah LeTrent, Jan. 17, 2014

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