According to an article published by USA Today, January has been unofficially designated as “Divorce Month.” Data from various sources indicate that divorce rates in the United States peak in January and August – just after the winter holiday season and summer break.

The reason suggested for this is not that spending time together drives spouses apart, but rather that many parents simply try to get through the holidays and summer vacations for the benefit of their children. The decision to file for divorce has been a long time in the making; and, once the kids go back to school, parents feel like it is as good a time as any to begin the process.

Preparing to File for Divorce After the Holidays

Our McKinney family lawyers regularly speak with spouses who are early in the divorce planning process. A typical client comes to us knowing that it is time to bring his or her marriage to an end, and with questions about what to expect, how the process will go and what they can do to prepare. While everyone’s circumstances are different, here are some basic tips you can follow if you are thinking about filing for a divorce after the New Year:

1. Get Familiar with Texas’s Divorce Terminology

There are certain aspects of Texas’s divorce laws that are unique from the laws of other states. This includes some of the terminology used to describe various aspects of the divorce process. As a result, when planning for a divorce, familiarizing yourself with the terminology is a good place to start.

2. Follow a Checklist

There are many steps involved in the process of preparing for a divorce; and, to make sure you address all of the key issues, it is a good idea to work from a guide. Our McKinney family lawyers have prepared a checklist that you can follow as you begin gathering information and thinking through the options you have available.

3. Address Some Important Non-Divorce-Specific Planning Considerations

While many aspects of divorce planning are unique to the process of legally ending your marriage, there are some non-divorce-specific issues to consider as well. For example, if you and your children use your spouse’s health insurance, you will need to figure out if you are eligible for COBRA or have other options available. Likewise, for many couples getting divorced can have significant tax implications, and careful tax planning can result in substantial savings.

4. Avoid Potentially-Costly Mistakes

Finally, when preparing for a divorce, it is also important to be aware of some potentially-costly mistakes you need to avoid. Our lawyers have prepared a list of seven common divorce mistakes with some recommendations for protecting your interests during the divorce process.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

If you live in the McKinney, TX area and are thinking about filing for divorce after the holidays, we encourage you to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced family lawyers. To discuss what you can expect in confidence, please call 214-726-1450 or request an appointment online today.