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Fact Finder: New Year Means Uptick in Couples Filing for Divorce

The New Year means new beginnings for some married couples who’ve decided to part ways.

That’s why in the legal world, the first Monday of the New Year is called “divorce day.” It’s the day some married people call either marriage counselors or divorce attorneys to get a new start.

Experts say there are a few reasons for this. One is too much holiday time together. Another reason is that couples with children don’t want to spoil the holidays for their kids — so they wait to file until it’s over.

A third is money. Many couples choose to face the hefty financial burden of the holidays together, but part ways when it’s over. Or, they’re waiting to use income tax refund money to help offset their legal costs.

Fact Finder: Why Marriages Fail

So what are some of the top reasons couples seek a divorce?

Our Fact Finders made some calls to get you answers.

Family and matrimonial attorney Barbara King, of the Tully Rinckey law firm, said the number one reason is adultery.

She said the circumstances usually involve either one or both parties being either outright unfaithful or interested in someone else.

The second reason couples crumble is money problems.

King had some advice, for those considering divorce: If you’re planning on leaving your marriage for someone else — be careful.

She said 9 times out of 10, it does not end up working out.

King also said a consultation is crucial. Before filing, speak with a professional to help you explore what options are best for you.

King said most couples usually take time to think after a consultation and return later if they decide to go through with the divorce.


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