Kyle Whitaker
Increased Divorce Cases in January
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Increased Divorce Cases in January

Right after the winter holidays and entering the New Year, many married couples decide to file for divorce. So many, in fact, that January is often referred to as “divorce month.” There are different reasons why the first month of the year is so popular for initiating divorce cases, including:

No matter what the reason, if you are one of the many couples who is considering divorce at the start of 2022, you should not wait to speak with a Fort Worth divorce attorney about a possible case. The following are some things to consider regarding a divorce.

Know Your Options

Each divorce is different, and there are different paths your case might take. For instance, you might have an uncontested or contested divorce. In an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse agree on how to resolve all of the relevant issues, including the division of your community property, child-related issues, and spousal maintenance if it applies. Even if you do not agree on everything right away, a skilled divorce attorney can negotiate with your spouse’s attorney to try to reach a settlement before you file. This can save you time, money, and stress.

On the other hand, a contested divorce occurs when one or more issues are left unresolved at the time of filing. If you cannot reach an agreement through negotiation or mediation, you will need to resolve the matter through litigation. This requires your attorney to prepare for trial and represent your interests and rights before the judge.

You will also need to determine whether you will file a no-fault or fault-based divorce. Texas allows you to choose, and what you decide will largely shape your case. Discuss any factors that contributed to your divorce - such as adultery - with your attorney. 

Understand the Overall Divorce Process

An attorney can also explain the general process of ending a marriage in Texas. This involves:

While this process might seem relatively straightforward, many complications can arise, and any errors can extend the process or jeopardize the outcome of your case.

Let Our Fort Worth Divorce Lawyers Help You

At the Law Office of Kyle Whitaker, we help many clients with January divorces - as well as cases throughout the year. We can review the process and help you determine the path of your divorce case. Contact our office at 817-332-7703 or contact us online to schedule a confidential consultation. You do not have to go through this process alone, as our legal team is ready to stand up for your rights and your future.