USA TODAY: Don’t File Those Papers Just Yet

Earlier this year I was asked by a major media presence to submit an article for its publication.  I am proud to share that with you now…

Don’t Fie Those Papers Just Yet

NOW that the holidays are behind us, many look with anticipation toward the promise of the new year and what it may bring. How does love play into your expectations and desires?

January has the reputation for starting new resolutions to change behaviors; it also is also the month in which the most people file for divorce.

The intentions to divorce frequently begin months, or perhaps years, earlier, yet most individuals are hesitant to file before or during the festive season to avoid disrupting family traditions and holiday happiness. Many who do file in January want a fresh start rather than another year of an unfulfilling relationship holding them back. Filing after the holidays also relieves them of the strains of pretending that the marriage and family are intact.

However, you do not have to become a divorce statistic. Instead, it is possible to fill each day with loving and tender moments. This option is open to all—as long as the elements of love and caring exist in your relationship. Indeed, if they are even a little bit present, there is hope.

To read the full article on USA TODAY, click here.

Mamiko Odegard, PhD