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Push to divorce seen at end of year

For many families in Illinois, the holiday season can be one of the toughest times of the year. This can happen when a marriage is under extreme strain and possibly even near its end. Some couples talk openly about wanting to keep their families intact for one more Christmas, often for the sake of the kids or even elderly family members. Other individuals contemplate divorce themselves but do not even tell their spouse right away and prefer to wait until after the New Year's holiday.

A new report indicates that some people are taking a different approach to getting through the holiday time with a marriage that is on the rocks. Instead of trying to put on a show that everything is happy and then initiating a divorce in January, they are choosing to push for a divorce at the end of the year.

One reason cited for the difference is all about money. Some spouses may find it better to get divorced before New Year's Day arrives so that they can then file their income tax return as a single person rather than as married. Despite the difference in standard married and single deductions, there can be significant advantages to this depending on individual circumstances. Some people may be due a return and do not want to share that return with a spouse, for example.

When to get divorced is a very individual decision, just as whether or not to even get divorced. People in Illinois facing these options might want to consult with an attorney first.

Source: MarketWatch, "Why New Yorkers are rushing to divorce before New Year's Day," Julia Marsh, Dec. 14, 2016


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