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How timing plays into the decision to divorce

When a Maryland spouse is considering filing for divorce, any number of factors can influence the timing of that move. In some cases, there are advantages or disadvantages associated with the timing of a divorce. For most, however, the best time to file is soon after it becomes clear that the relationship is simply not tenable.

An example of how timing could influence the decision to divorce would be a couple who are partners within a business that they plan to sell. Once a divorce is underway, the sale of the business can be used by either spouse as a tool to gain leverage against the other. In addition, buyers could be scared off by the knowledge that the business owners are going through a divorce. On the other hand, some buyers will be attracted by such news, and could try to purchase the business as a discount due to the personal issues that the owners face. Couples who are planning to divorce and sell their business may find it more beneficial to complete the sale prior to filing whenever possible.

Another matter that can impact a couple’s divorce timing involves the emotional needs of shared children or other family members. When a child is preparing to wed or have a baby, the news that his or her parents are about to divorce is not likely to be well received. In such cases, it may be best to wait until after the milestone has passed before making the decision to file.

For most Maryland couples, timing will not play a major role in the decision to divorce. Spouses must be aware that as with any big life event, there is never an “ideal” time to move forward with the end of the marriage. However, by beginning the process as soon as possible, both parties can begin to move forward with their lives, which is a positive step for all involved.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, "When's the worst time to get a divorce?", Quentin Fottrell, May 24, 2014

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