January Is the Busiest Time for Divorce Attorneys. Here Are 6 Tips Before You File

Available for Interviews: Teddi Ann Barry

Teddy Ann Barry, Esq. is a family attorney and writer and has been serving families through divorce and custody and has been practicing family law for over twenty years, and also comes with a wealth of experience in mediation and collaborative law. She is also the author of The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Divorce in Colorado.

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Why Divorce Filing Are High at the Beginning of the Year

January is a busy month for divorce attorneys. People finish the holidays ready for change and often conclude it’s not them—it’s their marriage that needs to change. Holidays affect marriages because they:

    • Create financial stresses
    • Deepen emotional absence or feelings of loneliness for many
    • Create a desire for change and growth that the end of the year inspires in oneself. 

Here’s some advice from a mediator and divorce attorney:

1) Don’t make an emotional decision.
Step back and really assess your situation.
    • Can you afford a divorce?
    • Have you tried counseling or tried addressing other stressful issues in your life?
2) What do you expect Divorce to accomplish in your life?
    • Trying to get away from your spouse or something else?
    • Trying to avoid financial peril?
    • Think a new life w/o your spouse will be better/different?
3) Determine what your role is in your feelings
and the decision to Divorce is.
    • Are there issues or conversations to have in counseling/therapy before considering Divorce?
    • Is someone or something distracting you from a happy marriage?
    • Is this a YOU decision or a WE decision—meaning have you discussed divorce with your spouse, or is this in your head and your sole decision
4) Consider Other People/Factors affected.

How will your decision to divorce affect your children, career, or future self?

5) Make sure Divorce is the last alternative—not the first.

Before seeking out an attorney to dissolve your union, try counseling or separation. Address other stresses first before giving up on your marriage.


Interview: Teddi Ann Barry

Teddi Ann Barry, Esq. is the Founder of Teddy Ann Barry, PSC., and has been an attorney for over twenty years. Other areas of law practiced are mediation and collaborative law. Teddy is based in the Cherry Creek office and practices family law exclusively. She is also the author of The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Divorce in Colorado: Get In, Get Out, Get Over It.

Teddy is a former guardian ad litem and Respondent parents’ counsel, representing the best interests of children placed in the custody of the State and the parents accused of abuse and neglect of their children by the State.

As an alumna of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, for both her undergraduate and Juris Doctorate degrees, Teddy is proud to have been educated at Creighton University, which is one of 28 Jesuit Catholic universities throughout the country, that teaches, among many wonderful values, service.  I have been serving others in family law since 2000.

Teddy has been a business owner for over 17 years and continues to build a firm with experienced and well-respected professionals who can offer the highest level of client care, advocacy, skilled negotiation, and litigation if and when absolutely necessary.


Jo Allison
Managing Editor
Director of Public Relations
Success In Media, Inc.

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