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New Year may be appropriate time for new approach to divorce

After the frenzy of the holidays, Houston residents often want to take it easy during the month of January. The first month of the year, however, often brings its own sources of emotional stress: tax season is right around the corner, holiday bills often come due and many couples realize their marriage may not survive the coming year.

According to the president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, divorce filings tend to surge in January. Starting after the New Year and extending into early March, the number of divorce filings is often a third higher than usual. There are likely countless reasons for this, of course, but many point to the busy holiday season as one factor. Couples are understandably reluctant to part ways during the holidays, and those with children often want to give their families one final holiday season together as a family.

Still, the option to divorce during the year's first month can be fitting given the time of year. Families wanting to make a fresh start and move forward may consider divorce mediation. Unlike a litigated divorce, a mediated divorce is typically able to keep family law negotiations out of court. A skilled mediator will keep discussions focused on the important elements of a divorce - property division, parenting time and so on - while also allowing parties to ultimately reach their own conclusions.

Mediation may be particularly helpful for couples anticipating an uncontested divorce, but it may also prove effective for many different spouses and families. Spouses may benefit from getting more information about mediation and the process of getting started.

Source: Market Watch, "Why January is a popular month to file for divorce," Quentin Fottrell, Jan. 6, 2015

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