Many people in Virginia use the start of the new year to make a new start. Often, families have spent a significant amount of time together over the holidays. For many couples, this time spent together is an indicator that a marriage is no longer working, often prompting an increase in the number of people contacting attorneys in January. However, there are some important considerations for those considering a divorce.
Some family law professionals recommend not rushing into the process. While some people may feel compelled to take immediate action, it may be prudent to attempt couples or marriage counseling before making a final decision. While counseling may not ultimately resolve the issues of the marriage, it may help both sides to fully think through the decision.
On the flip side, many parents may choose to delay a divorce due to the misconception that an intact family is in the best interest of the children. However, some professionals argue that children may actually suffer from observing negative interactions between their parents. While the process can be difficult, some argue that children are resilient, and they may ultimately model certain behaviors that they observe they see in their parents' interactions with one another.
Though a divorce can be an emotionally difficult process even for Virginia couples who are committed to an amicable split, it can be the first step to a happier, more fulfilling life. An initial consultation with an attorney with experience with family law can help a person considering the next step in their life fully understand the options available. People who have a better understanding of their legal rights may feel more confident in their ability to make decisions that are in their personal best interests as well as the best interests of their children.