Losing weight. Eating healthier. Exercising daily. These are those resolutions you make and know you will not likely keep immediately after making the declarations. Deciding to make divorce a resolution is one that’s been a long-time coming, and you’re determined to keep it.
For most spouses, December brought celebrations and special family moments, but for others, December 31st marked the last New Year's Eve as a married couple. Whether you held off filing for divorce in order to get through the holidays for the benefit of your children, or to reduce the number of questions from relatives, now that the New Year is here, it’s time for action.
At the offices of Bartholomew & Wasznicky, we know you’re not alone in your decision. The number of new divorce filings rises after the champagne has stopped flowing and unhappy spouses resolve to become happier in the upcoming New Year.
Hopefully you and your spouse were able to make it through the holidays without strife, but if that was not the case and you’re looking back, wishing you had filed earlier, there may be a bright side: filing after New Year's Day may be more financially lucrative.
Year-end bonuses and holiday gifts from employers could be shared. If you had filed earlier, you may not receive any benefit from these. With regard to taxes, the finances for the couple would be fixed and known for the entire past year, making division of assets much easier to determine. One of the most empowering actions you can take is to figure out your family’s financial situation before you meet with your lawyer. Gather receipts and records so that when you have your first appointment you can present as complete a picture as possible.
Getting Legal Help
The experienced Sacramento Family Law Attorneys at Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP can help you navigate your divorce and child custody issues with respect and compassion. Contact Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP today for knowledgeable and respectful representation. Call us at (916) 455-5200 or email us at info@DivorceWithRespect.com.