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People contemplating the divorce process surges after holidays

Many Louisiana residents might be joining others across the country who are making inquiries about what steps are necessary to end their marriages now that the holidays are over. Questions regarding the divorce process surge after the holidays. In fact, such a jump in filings occurs during this time of year that January through March has been affectionately dubbed "divorce season" by many in the legal profession.

Theories regarding this phenomenon range from not wanting to ruin the holidays to waiting for bonuses at the end of year and not wanting to interfere with tax filings. Regardless of the reason, Louisiana residents are encouraged to be sure they make a plan before heading to the courthouse. Consult with an attorney regarding how the process works, what information is needed and how long it will take, along with cost.

There is never a good time for an individual to announce that he or she wants a divorce, but jumping into it out of emotion could cause issues down the road. Those who are serious about ending their marriages may benefit by stepping back and setting aside some time to prepare. Taking time to calm down and think rationally could prevent the need for a contentious court battle.

Being able to negotiate a settlement gives Louisiana couples the opportunity to retain greater control over the divorce process. An agreement can be tailored to their individual needs, along with the needs of the children, if any. Divorce is never 100 percent easy or amicable, but the more a couple is able to work together, the better off everyone in the family could be moving forward.

Source: winknews.com, "January, nicknamed 'Divorce Month,' opportune for unhappy couples", Nicole Valdes, Dec. 26, 2016

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