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Are you truly ready to follow through on your resolution to divorce in 2016?

While it may be hard to believe that Valentine's Day is now less than two weeks away, things are still considerably slower in terms of holidays than they were just a few months ago when we were dealing with the trifecta of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's.

Indeed, now that things have officially settled down, people are now perhaps more determined than ever to follow through on their resolutions for 2016. While for some this means continuing to lose weight or sticking to their non-smoking regimen, for others it means something more significant such as pursuing a divorce.

While it's understandable why a person would feel exceptionally motivated to pursue a divorce at this time of the year -- they no longer have to worry about spoiling the holiday season for their family, the New Year marks a new beginning, etc. -- experts indicate that they should still consider taking a moment before moving forward.

That's because a divorce, however freeing and potentially fulfilling, is not something to be taken lightly given the substantial investment of time, money and energy it frequently requires.

Indeed, experts indicate that people who find themselves in this situation need to definitively determine whether the desire to divorce is borne out of a need for a fresh start, or whether it’s a reactionary measure, motivated in part by winter malaise or memories of an unpleasant holiday season.

Perhaps more significantly, however, experts urge people to take a moment before going full speed ahead on a divorce, as it can help them determine whether they are prepared from a purely practical standpoint.     

For example, people need to ensure that they have the necessary paperwork assembled, the necessary funds set aside and the names of everyone they want as part of their divorce team before moving forward.

What are your thoughts on this?

Above all else, always remember to consider speaking with an experienced legal professional as soon as possible if you have questions about the divorce process.

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