A new year is upon us and with it an impetus to re-evaluate your life. Many Nebraskans take a hard look at whether there are changes they want to initiate and one of the areas considered is often the health of their marital relationships.
Historically, the new year brings with it a surge in divorce filings. According to a new article in the New York Post, in a MarketWatch study, U.S. divorce lawyers reported a 25 to 30% increase in their caseload each January.
While there is sadness when a marriage ends, for some couples and families, a divorce is the right decision and allows all involved to end up in a better and healthier place. While separation in an obviously bad situation involving abuse or violence of any kind is important for safety and health, other less extreme situations also can merit a fresh start.
For example, sometimes people learn over time that their personalities are just not compatible or that they have different life priorities. When incompatibilities or other circumstances bring unhappiness or dysfunction, use the new year to consider alternatives.
And while children can be very upset about divorce, when there is significant conflict in the household between their parents, in the long run, the kids may experience a more peaceful, functional upbringing in their parents’ new, separate and happier households.
The divorce process itself can raise conflict between spouses, but there is usually a light at the end of the tunnel. An experienced lawyer can help with negotiation – hopefully to a settlement agreement – that can lessen the direct impact of that conflict.