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Navigating the Path of Divorce Post-Holiday Season: A Guide to Moving Forward

Two red die connected by a curved dotted line - black question mark die are on either side surrounding them against a yellow background.Divorce is a highly emotional process, and the holidays may offer a temporary reprieve from the intensity of these emotions. However, once the festive season concludes, individuals may find themselves emotionally prepared to confront the challenges of divorce.

Once the New Year begins, it may become clearer that the issues within the marriage are insurmountable. Taking this time to reflect can provide individuals with the clarity and determination needed to initiate the divorce process.

Many couples choose to delay divorce proceedings until after the holidays to maintain a sense of normalcy for their children. Proceeding with divorce after the holidays allows parents time to begin working on creating a stable schedule and supportive environment for their children as they navigate the changes ahead.

The holiday season often comes with increased spending, and couples may delay divorce proceedings to avoid the additional financial strain during this time. Waiting until after the holidays can provide individuals with an opportunity to assess their financial situation, plan for the future, and make informed decisions about the division of assets and financial responsibilities.

Post-holiday divorce proceedings allow individuals to set realistic expectations for the process ahead. It provides an opportunity to gather necessary documentation, consult with legal professionals, and develop a realistic timeline for the divorce proceedings. By approaching the situation with a clear plan, individuals can reduce stress and uncertainty.

Consulting with legal professionals is a crucial step when proceeding with divorce. After the holidays, individuals can begin to gather necessary documentation, such as financial records, to facilitate the legal process. Seeking legal advice early on ensures that individuals are well-informed about their rights, responsibilities, and the potential outcomes of the divorce.

While the decision to proceed with divorce is undoubtedly challenging, waiting until after the holidays can provide individuals with the time and space needed to make informed choices. By reflecting on the state of the relationship, considering the well-being of children, and planning for the financial and emotional aspects of divorce, individuals can navigate this difficult journey with greater clarity and resilience.


Cheryl Hepfer | 240.507.1752

Cheryl Hepfer is a highly-regarded attorney who has practiced family law for more than 40 years. She has been rated by her peers and is listed in Best Lawyers in America and as a top lawyer in the Washingtonian, Bethesda Magazine, and Super Lawyers. She is past president of both the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Family Lawyers.