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January is popular month for California divorce filings

Now that the holidays are behind us, many California spouses are ready to move forward with goals and aspirations for the new year ahead. For some, divorce is at the top of that list, making January the most popular month to file for divorce. There are a number of reasons why spouses wait to file until the start of a new year, but no matter what time of year it is, there are a number of steps spouses can take to achieve a successful outcome.

One tip is simple, and involves taking a very close look at the full ramifications of your choice. Divorce is a major life change, and while many divorces are absolutely justified and the best course of action, the decision is a serious one. Consider the reasons why you are unhappy, and the likelihood of making changes that would improve your marriage. For some, marriage counseling can make a world of difference, and help families remain together.

If the decision to divorce is clearly the right move, it is important to build a network of support that can help make the coming months easier to weather. Tell those closest to you your plans, and surround yourself with friends and family who will support your decision and be there when you need them. Having people to talk to can be instrumental in moving through the divorce process with the least amount of stress possible.

Finally, ensure that you have comprehensive knowledge of the legal ramifications of ending your marriage in California, including an estimate of the cost of a divorce. Knowing the financial outlook can help spouses build an accurate budget, which is another important tool in the transition between married and single life. By moving forward with a full understanding of the legal process and a working budget to guide you, it is possible to look past the short term and forward to a future that you design for yourself, according to your own needs and goals.

Source: wxyz.com, "January has long been a popular month for divorce filings," Lucy Carmel, Jan. 4, 2013

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