Once December’s merrymaking comes to an end and life gets back to some semblance of normality, the new year can be a time when some couples have the serious breakup talk. In British Columbia, January seems to have been labelled as the month for divorce talks and there may be many reasons for this. It may be that a couple has been thinking of separating for a while, but both people decided to wait until the holidays have passed, especially when children are involved.
January just makes sense for many people to do some serious introspection about their lives and if a marriage has been unhappy for some time, the start of a new year may seem appropriate to start thinking about what a new life would look like. For some, January is the perfect month to start discussing how separating would look and what steps need to be taken. By the same token, it may also be the perfect time to give the marriage one last-ditch effort by talking to a marriage counsellor.
One month is no better than another when it comes to separation or divorce. It’s not going to be any easier in January than it would be in April. It may be that couples choose the beginning of the year because they and other family members may still be feeling the warmth and solidarity of the recent holiday season. In any case, the decision should come with the wisdom of treating each other with as much compassion as possible — for each other’s sake and for the sake of any children.
Whether it’s in January or June, divorce can’t help but be life-changing. Once the decision has been made, each person may have questions pertaining to the legalities of the divorce process, which can be answered by an experienced British Columbia family law lawyer. Moving forward knowing what to expect can make the road less stressful.