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So-called "Divorce Day" a mythical concept that invites reflection

Divorce Day?

As noted in a family law-focused article from earlier this week, that is reportedly the tag used by many media commentators for the first post-holiday workday of each year. This year, of course, that day fell on this past Monday, January 4.

What exactly is that divorce-linked depiction supposed to signify?

Allegedly, interest in divorce-related matters -- the process, the cost, the timing and so forth -- is supposed to peak on Divorce Day, in the immediate wake of the winter holidays when many questioning spouses have returned to realities concerning what they view as a failed marital union.

The above-cited article notes, though, that polled information from a number of family law practitioners reveals no particular spike in divorce inquiries on that day. Conversely, what does seem to be true is that many people seek out general information about the divorce process during January.

And, given that reality, the article contends that there is a "sensationalizing" aspect at work when Divorce Day is raised. What should be emphasized, instead, is "ensuring families have appropriate and balanced information about managing separation in a way that minimizes conflict and the impact on children."

What that centrally means, of course, is that a person with questions and concerns regarding divorce should engage in a candid, thorough and timely conversation with a proven family law attorney well grounded in representing divorce clients.

Not all divorce attorneys have a similar depth and breadth of experience, of course. The aforementioned article states that some people might prefer using a "lower-conflict dispute resolution channel" to divorce their spouse, in lieu of a formalized adversarial approach through court. In such a case, it would make sense to reach out to an attorney commanding strong experience in so-called alternative dispute resolution processes, such as mediation, collaborative law or arbitration.

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