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Is there really a “right time” to divorce?

On Behalf of | Jan 23, 2024 | Divorce |

Now that the holiday season has come to a close, your daily life returns to normal. It is often during this time of year that many studies say filings for divorce increase, often because of that return to normalcy. Whether or not January warrants the title of being the “divorce month” or not, it can lead many people to wonder if there is a right time to file for divorce.

What you should actually consider

The actual time or date on the calendar may not be the right thing to consider when debating a divorce. The factors you should evaluate to help you decide when to take this step, however, can often include:

  1. Your circumstances: How do your individual finances look? Are you feeling comfortable in your professional life? Is there any immediate danger in the relationship with your spouse? How you feel about your current situation will be a much more important factor in determining how you move forward than choosing the “right time” to begin the divorce process.
  2. Your stress levels: Divorce is widely recognized as one of the most stressful events someone could experience in their life. However, it is not the only one. Have you recently experienced other significant stressors or changes in your life? You may wish to take stock of your current stress levels before moving forward with filing for divorce in order to protect your own mental health and well-being.

There may be no “right time” to file for divorce. Considering these factors, as well as taking steps to actually prepare for a divorce in North Carolina, are more effective than worrying about whether there is a right or wrong time for this move.

Beware of procrastination

It is only human to put off difficult or stressful tasks, from filing taxes to having a tough conversation with a loved one. While you should carefully evaluate the two factors listed above, considering these may also lead you to keep delaying the decision to divorce.

Delaying may not be a negative thing, especially depending on your circumstances. However, you should be actively aware if procrastination is keeping you from moving on. Getting a divorce is not an easy step, but taking time to evaluate your situation and your mind is key to know when it is the right decision for your family’s future.