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Divorce Mondays Dos and Don’ts

May 22, 2020

Unlike Taco Tuesday and Throwback Thursday, Divorce Monday comes but once a year, and in 2021, it will be on January 4. Divorce Monday is the first business Monday of the year, and it is the day when family law courts receive the most divorce complaints and divorce lawyers receive the most inquiries from prospective clients. Some of the reasons for the Divorce Monday phenomenon are practical ones; it is simpler for tax purposes if you are married throughout 2020 but separated throughout 2021. Another part of what gives the first business Monday in January its uptick in incidences of divorce is that people’s frustrations tend to bubble over during the holidays. Dumping your spouse has turned out to be an easier New Year’s resolution to keep than giving up carbs, for example. Some of the people whose divorce processes begin on Divorce Monday do not hire lawyers, but unless you have a thorough understanding of the law and excellent communication with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, you should consult the family law attorneys at Iwanyshyn & Associates in Allison Park before you file your divorce complaint.

Divorce Monday Starts No Later Than December

Even if you cannot wait to be single again, the worst thing you can do is make an impulsive decision to file for divorce. If you and your spouse have been planning to separate, you should have a series of conversations throughout the holiday season about how you want to divide your property and parenting time. On Divorce Monday, you should set up a consultation with a lawyer to make sure you understand the implications of what you are requesting in your divorce complaint.

If you expect that things will turn ugly when your spouse finds out you want to divorce, then you should meet with a lawyer individually. The lawyer will talk to you about things like mediation and alimony pendente lite (APL, the money that the higher-income spouse must pay to the lower-income spouse while the divorce is in process).

Don’t Be a Cheapskate

Trying to get the least expensive divorce possible always backfires. You will end up with lots of unresolved issues, and you and your ex-spouse will probably have to go back to court to fix the problems with the original terms of your divorce. You and your ex should agree on as many details as possible before you file the divorce complaint; divorce trials are expensive. If you and your spouse cannot talk directly to each other without getting angry, then communicate by email or enlist the help of a divorce lawyer.

Iwanyshyn & Associates Helps Couples Divorce on Divorce Monday and Every Day

Even though lots of other people are also moving forward with their plans to divorce on Divorce Monday, the helpful lawyers at Iwanyshyn & Associates are never too busy to answer your questions. Contact Iwanyshyn & Associates in Pittsburgh about how to have an amicable and painless divorce on Divorce Monday or at any time of year.