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When is the best time for a woman to file for divorce?

If you are a woman who has been considering divorce in Florida, timing is likely one of the factors weighing on your mind. For example, you could be worried about filing near a child's birthday or too close to your anniversary date. The reality is that you should file when you are ready, but many women prefer the months of January, February or March.

Calm after the storm

The holidays make for busy times, with Christmas springing into action even before Halloween. You are likely dealing with preparations for family visits, scheduling office parties and much more. Throwing a divorce filing into the mix may add undue stress.

On the other hand, January promises a clean slate and a fresh start. As far as holidays go, Valentine's Day and Easter are relative lightweights, so even if your paperwork takes two to three months, you should not be dealing with heavy-duty demands for your attention. Plus, by waiting until January, February or March, you have the opportunity to review your tax filings and to have a better understanding of where you are financially. This can be especially helpful if your marriage involves many assets.

Preparations for life after marriage

Any time of the year can be good for a divorce filing when it means your preparations are bearing fruit. For example, perhaps you began in April to strive for independence by opening a checking account in your name only; ditto with a credit card account. You also started saving money from your job in the expectation that you would need to provide more for yourself. Perhaps by October, you are ready. You may be about to dive into the busy holiday season, but if you are mentally and financially prepared, filing then could be best.

When danger is involved

When dangers such as domestic violence or sexual assaults are involved, you may want out of the marriage as soon as possible, even if you are not financially prepared. If threats are immediate and ongoing, it is important that you and any children find a safe place as soon as possible. Otherwise, if you have some flexibility, it may be best to get in touch with a lawyer before leaving the house.

There really is no "optimal" time to file for divorce. Some women certainly prefer to file when a new year begins, while others file when their preparations have fallen into place. No matter what, getting in touch with an attorney can help you navigate the process and receive what you are entitled to.

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