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For many Minnesotans, their resolution is to get a divorce

2014 has come and gone and now it's time for a new year. Many Minnesotans may resolve to eat better, exercise more or lose weight. For some, their New Year's resolution may be to file for divorce. As unpleasant as this may seem, they're not alone. In fact, the legal community has dubbed Jan. 2 'Divorce Day,' since many people tend to contact lawyers and start the divorce process on this day.

Why is Jan. 2 the magic date? It is believed that many couples wait until the holidays are over to undo the marriage. Holidays are typically happy times for families and nobody wants to start the process during this time - an already busy time of year. Emotions also run high during the holidays and the added stress can take its toll. Many people also view a new year as a new beginning, which may be why the beginning of a year is a popular time to divorce.

Studies show that 60 percent of marriages have problems, but a measly four percent of those couples attended counseling. In many cases, the divorce is something that has been planned for quite some time. So the next time a couple has a major dispute, it could mean a visit with an attorney.

Divorce should not be looked at as an easy way out. It is a painful process that affects the spouses, children and outside relationships as well. It may not solve all the problems that exist in the marriage. Those looking to divorce should weigh the pros and cons and be sure that it is the right thing to do based on their situations.

Source: KARE, "Day after New Years is 'Divorce Day'," Allen Costantini, Jan. 2, 2015

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