Sullivan Taylor & Gumina February 2018

JOSEPH F. EMMERTH A LOOK AT FAMILY LAW OF SULLIVAN TAYLOR & GUMINA, P.C.

FEB 2018

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STAY STEADY THIS FEBRUARY

Let’s face it, February can be a lousy month. The weather is as bad as it gets since we’re still catching the tail end of winter. It still gets dark early, and the sun still comes up late. In December, the holiday season brightens things up; but in February, the only thing to look forward to is Valentine’s Day. And if you’re going through a divorce, that holiday will do nothing to lift your spirits. I’ve noticed in past years that a lot of people start filing for divorce in April and May, making late spring one of the busiest times in my profession. I suspect that if you’re thinking about

get through it. Just as we know during winter that a gorgeous spring is around the corner, there’s also a better season headed your way after you’ve weathered the storms of divorce. February is a good month to lock down the stray details in your life, many of which will come into play during your divorce or after. These details will differ from person to person. One example is checking up on your kids in college and making sure they’re doing everything they’re supposed to be doing. You should be able to get a copy of last semester’s grades. If you’re separated from the other parent, you can make sure your child isn’t playing one parent off the other. This can be easy to do if the child doesn’t

getting divorced, the February holiday is not going to dissuade you. It may be the final nail in the coffin.

live with either parent, and it’s a common behavior in these situations, unfortunately.

JUST AS WE KNOW DURING WINTER THAT A GORGEOUS SPRING IS AROUND THE CORNER, THERE’S ALSO A BETTER SEASON HEADED YOUR WAY AFTER YOU’VE WEATHERED THE STORMS OF DIVORCE.

So, what can we do? There’s really only one thing to do: Knuckle down and

Speaking of adult (or semi-adult) children, if you are required to keep your child on your health insurance, be sure to get them the new insurance card for the new year. What other obligations do you have, as ordered by the court? Dot your i’s and cross your t’s this month, and set yourself up for success down the road. If you haven’t filed for divorce yet but want to in the near future, it’s a good idea to get in touch with an attorney as soon as possible. As I mentioned, spring is a busy time in my profession.

That means we should start discussing strategy and formulating a plan for your divorce immediately.

Stay steady this February. I promise, spring is just around the corner.

-Joseph Emmerth

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