When Should I Separate?

September 7th, 2011 by

Well, that depends on whether you fall within the “norm” of separating couples. As recently reported in The Globe and Mail[1] , September and January are the busiest months of the year for family lawyers. The family lawyers at DSF are not excluded from this trend. There are many speculations about why the start of a new school year and the start of a new calendar year lead people to take what is often the first step in separating from their spouse: consulting a family lawyer. Both September and January are months that mark change for many people. Both times of year symbolize the return to work and both symbolize the end of a period usually filled with a great deal (perhaps a great deal too much?!) of vacation time with one’s spouse. Nobody wants to kick off or interrupt their summer vacation or Christmas holidays with a letter to their spouse from their new lawyer. So people wait. They wait until now, when our phones are ringing off the hook.

Perhaps it does have to do with the fact that people often make changes and new resolutions for their futures in September and January. Or, perhaps it has to do with choosing to enjoy “one last summer” or “one last holiday season” with the family before taking active steps to separate. Either way you view it, our family law team is accustomed to and prepared for the shift in new clients that come to us this time of year. So please give us a call; we can handle the September separation movement and are here to help.

[1] http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/relationships/love/divorce/hello-september-so-long-spouse/article2150593/

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