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Divorce: A New Year's Resolution in DC?

Every year many people spend the last few days of December planning their New Year’s resolutions.  There are the common ones like going to the gym more often and get in better shape or to quit smoking, and then there are ones that at first don’t seem too obvious.

As it turns out, getting a divorce is actually a common goal many people in troubled marriages hope to accomplish in the New Year.  According to a recent article from Market Watch, divorce filings have been seen to increase by as much as one-third in January year after year.

Researchers have started referring to the first Monday after New Year’s Day as “Divorce Monday.”  The increase in calls to Washington, DC divorce attorneys, and requests to actually file for divorce starts around this time and usually continues until early spring. 

There are variety of reasons people use this time of year as a time for action in the context of speaking with a divorce lawyer, and ultimately filing for divorce.  One of main reasons is that despite wanting to get out of a troubled marriage, many people are not prepared to serve their spouse with divorce papers over the holiday period.  This is especially true if the person has young children.

Another reason people tend to wait until January is that it is often hard to get cases heard by the courts from the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s due to many judges being away on vacation.  It is common to push back all non-emergency matters until the following year when scheduling court cases during that time.

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Congratulations on Your Divorce!

According to a recent news article in the Huffington Post, one couple has gone viral on the web after making a video celebrating their upcoming divorce.  In the video, the couple state that after being married for three years, during which they traveled around the world, they realized they are ready to take the next step in their marriage.  That next step is getting a divorce.  This video which was clearly done in a parody style, combined the excitement of announcing of a pregnancy with getting a divorce.

The creator of the video said that he is a point where all of this friends are either getting pregnant or getting divorced so this was a fun way to combine the two very different types of announcements. 

While many divorces in real life are not happy occasions, many couples do see it as way to get out of a marriage that isn't working and get on with the rest of their lives.  If both parties feel this way, a divorce doesn't have to be a bitter fight that ends in lengthy court proceedings where nobody walks away happy.

As a Washington, DC divorce attorney, I have dealt with situations involving hostility between the parties, arguing over money, child custody, and other marital issues.  However, there are also cases where the parties came to a mutual agreement to get divorced, agree to the distribution of property, and child custody/visitation.  

In cases were the parties are willing to work together, the law in Washington, DC allows the parties to create a settlement agreement, file the appropriate paperwork, have a short hearing that lasts less than half an hour, and have the judge grant a divorce.  In cases like this, your divorce attorney will be able to get you the results you desire without protracted fighting or high legal bills. It should be noted that if the parties have minor children together, the court will still need to make sure that any agreement reached between the parties is in the best of interests of the children.  However, the court will take into account the parties wishes when making a custody decision. 

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