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What is the best season to file for divorce?

On Behalf of | Dec 6, 2021 | High-net Worth Divorce |

Some people want to get a divorce over as quickly as possible, while others are willing to wait until it is the right time. If you are planning to wait to file, it is important to consider the time of year.

There are benefits and drawbacks to filing in each of the different seasons.


Although it is not a particularly popular time to divorce, some people want to renew their lives with the spring. This is when the holiday season is over, and the children are usually in school. One of the drawbacks to a spring divorce is that tax season falls directly in the middle of it, delaying finalization, particularly in high-net worth situations.


The summer months are optimal if you have children. Your children are usually on their summer holidays. Divorcing during this time allows your children to adjust to the new situation before the next school year begins. It can also give you and your ex-spouse a chance to work out custody and visitation.


According to Fox Business News, January is one of the most popular times to get a divorce. This month lands after the holidays, and your taxes are less complicated if you can change your filing status at the beginning of the year.


The fall months are often the most difficult for a divorce. Holiday planning begins, the kids are back in school, and more focus is on family in the fall. A recent divorce leading into the winter holidays can make things much harder on you emotionally.

There are benefits and drawbacks no matter which season you choose. Make sure you make the most of them when planning your divorce.