Statistically, many individuals or couples put off divorce until after the holidays. In fact, in Leesburg and elsewhere throughout Loudoun County, January is the month when the most divorces are filed. It’s difficult to say with certainty why January seems to be such a popular month, but many speculate that it is closely linked to bringing in a fresh start with the new year.
Several clients arrive at their attorney’s office with the intent to get the process rolling, however many professionals in the field recommend that the first visit with an attorney should focus on what to expect as well as creating a to-do list of things to accomplish prior to filing.
Another thing to prepare for is what a divorce could mean to any children shared between you and your soon-to-be former spouse. If divorce is a topic that has been discussed between the two of you, one thing you may want to consider is mediation. Mediation is a less stressful (and less expensive) way to go through the divorce process.
Mediation allows a couple to discuss and make decisions on matters such as those pertaining to the children, property division and other important issues. Decisions made between the two are then submitted to the court, instead of having a judge decide on these sensitive subjects for a couple. If you are planning on filing for a divorce in 2016 or if you have had papers served on you, see what options are available for your situation. Perhaps a mediation is a perfect solution to end your marriage together.