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January 2012 Could Be a Big Divorce Month As Economy
Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 9, 2012 - It is well-known in family law circles that January is the
busiest month for divorce filings, but some are expecting January 2012 will be busier than the past few years
because of the economy.
“As the economy has begun to turn around and the jobless rate has fallen a little, there may be more
couples who can now afford to get the divorce they may have wanted some time ago,” said Zephyrhills divorce
attorney Marcie Baker.
Januarys are often busy months for divorce filings because many couples delay the decision until after the
holidays. If there are children involved, some parents will try to give the children one last holiday as a family and
start the separation process the first week of the New Year. Even if there are no children in the marriage, the
holidays can be stressful and sometimes they provide a “last straw” moment for couples. Consideration of taxes
and the parties filing status on December 31 also influence the timing of many divorce filings. The tax breaks for
a married couple filing jointly are often a significant consideration.
Baker said, “I don’t see couples using January as an excuse to file for divorce, but I see some couples who
stretched things out to get through the holidays and to the end of they year.”
Web traffic indicates that people begin to seek out information regarding divorce during the week after
Christmas, but since many offices are closed that week, the statistics show the first business day after New
Years Day is often the busiest.
To contact a Zephyrhills divorce lawyer or Zephyrhills child custody attorney,
Alston & Baker, P.A.
5518 Seventh Street
Zephyrhills, Florida 33542
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