Examining the pros and cons of delaying divorce

As the holiday season continues, many Pennsylvania couples have set aside their differences in favor of focusing on the celebrations that will define the coming weeks. For many, 2016 will be the year that they move forward with divorce; a move that has been in the back of the minds of many spouses for some time. While the desire to delay filing until after the holiday season is understandable, it is important that spouses avoid delaying the process for too long.

Taking the time to prepare for a divorce filing is a solid move. In many cases, a slight delay allows a spouse the opportunity to gather financial information and make a plan for the months ahead. In addition, it may be easier for spouses who file for divorce to come to terms with the end of their marriage, as opposed to a spouse who is on the receiving end of the news that the union is coming to an end.

That said, it is important to understand that any advantage one has in being the first to file is lost if the other party figures out that divorce is on the horizon. In many ways, the party who files first is placed in a good position. If that standing is lost, a spouse can quickly be placed on the defensive within the divorce process. In the worst cases, the other party could act to hide marital assets or make significant financial changes before the matter is filed, which can complicate the process of ending the marriage.

While no one would suggest broaching the subject of divorce during the height of the holiday season, it is important to emphasize that there are risks in delaying the process for too long. Pennsylvania spouses who are certain that their marriage is over should be proactive in beginning the divorce process. Doing so means that all parties can move beyond the relationship and on to new endeavors as soon as possible, which is a positive outcome for everyone.

Source: 11alive.com, “If marriage is rocky, should you put off divorce?“, Jennifer Leslie, Dec. 2, 2015