January is Busiest Divorce Month of the Year, Leading to Greater Stress During the Season, Advises Experienced Divorce Attorney

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Maryland divorce attorney Brandon Bernstein helps clients understand why the holiday period leads to a spike in divorces and offers guidance on how to manage stressful holiday period.

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"It's important to stay on track and avoid igniting any conflict, and to find a productive outlet for your stress and concern. Even if divorce is already on the horizon, there are steps that can be taken to make this a more manageable situation."

The added stress of the holiday season makes it a difficult period for many individuals, couples, and families, but that's even more so the case for those who are currently facing divorce or those who are in the midst of divorce litigation during the holiday season. According to annual statistics published on outlets such as The Huffington Post, January sees the most divorce filings each and every season.

After seeing this surge in activity in his own practice for the past several years, experienced Maryland divorce attorney Brandon Bernstein of the Law Offices of Brandon Bernstein, LLC, decided it was time to proactively advise individuals who are potentially in the same situation of why this is the case, as well as what may be done about it.

Looking at the seasonal spike in divorces, there are two explanations. The first is that the added stresses from the season pushed the couple over the edge and spurred them onto taking action, and the second is that the couple tried to hold it together for one final holiday period together, whether for themselves, their relatives, or their children, before calling it a day immediately afterwards.

"It's no secret that juggling the holidays, family expectations, travel, and financial strain, all add up to a potentially difficult and stressful period," notes Brandon Bernstein, Esq., a 3-time Maryland Super Lawyers Rising Star award winner.

"That's only exasperated for those who are currently facing divorce, and therefore looking at an even more challenging holiday season this year," he continues. "It's important to stay on track and avoid igniting any conflict, and to find a productive outlet for your stress and concern. Even if divorce is already on the horizon, there are steps that can be taken to make this a more manageable situation."

Divorce over the holiday season becomes even more of a concern when not only is there a pending divorce, but when there are children from the marriage involved, and the pending matters of child custody and child support. Even with the best of intentions, it can be difficult to entirely shield children from the fallout of the divorce process, and being apart from the typical family unit, as well as grandparents and other relatives over the holidays, makes matters worse.

Mr. Bernstein advises that in certain circumstances, considering divorce mediation may be a viable solution ahead of the holiday season. This may enable both sides to come to a successful compromise not only as it pertains to the long term outcomes of their divorce, but also on the immediacy of the holidays, and what the best way to proceed will be for everyone, and most importantly for the wellbeing of the children. For example, couples who have separated or may be separating, may wish to come up with a time sharing holiday schedule for their children.

About the Law Offices of Brandon Bernstein, LLC

The Law Offices of Brandon Bernstein, LLC is located in downtown Bethesda, and serves clients throughout the state as a divorce attorney in Maryland, covering a broad range of family law matters, and aggressively protecting the best interests of his clients at all times. He has been named a Maryland Rising Star by Super Lawyers for three consecutive years. The core pillars of his practice are Integrity, Experience, and Results. For a free attorney consultation, prospective clients can visit his website at BrandonBernsteinLaw.com, or call the office directly at 240.395.1418.

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