Sunday, November 14, 2010

Separating over the holidays

Holidays can be bitter-sweet-- sweet for those that are in a good place, bitter for those that are not.  Those in the latter category, who find themselves in an unhappy situation will dread the thought of spending another holiday in a miserable frame of mind.  When it becomes too much to bear, they will seek out advice.  This is why inevitably I see a spike in divorce consults around this time of year.

The next big wave comes right after the holidays, as people realize they just cannot keep the facade going anymore. If any of you are thinking of separating over the holidays, I highly recommend that you consult an attorney before you make any major changes. You should know your legal rights and obligations before you move out, raid the joint bank account, sign up for plastic surgery, etc. A consult is completely confidential and does not require a retainer. Typically, a client just pays for one hour of the attorney's time, which can range from $200-500.

Of course I have to disclose that this post is not meant to provide you with legal advice, just information. By reading this post, we have not established an attorney-client relationship. But if you live in Maryland or DC and would like to set up a consult, please feel free to contact Regina DeMeo at