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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Divorce as a New Year's Resolution


WASHINGTON - While "lose weight" is probably on many people's lists of New Year's resolutions, some are vowing to shed more than a hundred pounds -- not in a gym, but in a divorce courtroom.

"A lot of people want to begin the New Year anew," says family law attorney Kathryn Dickerson of Vienna, Va.-based SmolenPlevy.

Unhappy couples often try to endure the Christmas holiday.

"They've resolved to themselves they're not going to spend the holidays next year as they did this year," Dickerson says.

Men are more likely than women to begin divorce proceedings early in 2011, Dickerson says.

Women "are tired, they're let down, the stress is over, and they just want to breathe for a little bit," says Dickerson.

"For men, they've gotten through the holidays. They've maintained the image of a family for as long as they could, and they're ready to move forward."

The winter weather often exacerbates tension in a struggling relationship.

"People stay indoors. When people stay indoors they tend to wear on each other faster."

Dickerson says she believes the bad economy has likely resulted in couples staying together longer than they'd like to.

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As much as it pains me to say, I am going through the painful process of divorce. I'm struggling with the cost and I was hoping someone might have some advice on what options I might have.

Posted by: Divorcing Dad | Dec 6, 2011 2:03:44 AM

I can attest for the fact that the rates of people calling our office for divorce in the beginning of the year or substantially higher than any other time. I have always hypothesized that everyone held it together through Christmas for the sake of the kids but couldn’t take it anymore and so they called the divorce lawyers for a New Year’s resolutions.

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