By David P. Badanes, Esq.

Many spouses who are experiencing marital difficulties will wait until after the holidays to file for a divorce. If they have children, they believe that staying together for the holidays will be beneficial for the children. If they do not have children, they may want to wait until the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is over.

However, waiting to file for a divorce may be a bad idea.

If you have children and you are experiencing marital difficulties, then staying together for the holidays will not solve any problems. Most likely the children will know and understand that their parents are not getting along and the tension inside the house will only make things worse.

For all spouses, those with children and those without, there are additional reasons why waiting to get divorce maybe a bad idea.

While you are married, in general terms, all debts are marital debts and each spouse will be responsible for 50% of the debt. It does not matter if you are not on the credit card or on the loan, you will still be responsible for 50% of the debt. Therefore, if your spouse decides to go on a large shopping spree before she/he files for divorce, then you may be stuck with half of the bill. In addition, if your spouse takes a large sum of money out of the joint bank account, you may be out-of-luck in getting it back.

Waiting to file for divorce may sound like a reasonable thing to do, but, it may present a significant financial loss to you.

If you are experiencing marital difficulties and are thinking of filing for a divorce, then contact Long Island divorce attorney David Badanes and the Badanes Law Office today. The Badanes Law Office has helped countless clients in Long Island, Suffolk County, Nassau County and New York City in getting a divorce. Call today at 631-239-1702, email at or visit our web site: The Badanes Law Office has offices in Northport, Garden City, Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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