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Lawyers: January Biggest Month For Divorce Filings

By Stephanie Lucero, CBS 11 News
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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Former Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Troy Aikman has announced that he and his wife, Rhonda, have separated. Their situation isn’t rare, local divorce attorney’s say there is usually a big surge in divorce filings in January.

The Aikman’s have two children together, and Rhonda has a daughter from another marriage.

“I think everybody’s scarred when you go through a divorce,” explained Dallas Attorney Steve Shoultz, who is Board Certified in Family Law. “Especially when you have kids.”

While Shoultz is a lawyer, he’s also a divorcee. His son was nine years old when he and his wife filed for divorce. “I think it’s been really tough, because at age nine his entire life was uprooted,” he said.

North Texas attorneys say every January they see a big increase in the number of people who file for divorce.

“It’s very common that I’ll have clients come in, in December and say, ‘I definitely know I want a divorce, but I’m not going to be prepared to move forward until the New Year’, Dallas attorney Dorothy Ripka said of some of her clients. “And generally that’s out of consideration for the family members, usually children.”

Most attorneys equate the January surge in divorce filings with the holidays and individuals who want to wait for income tax returns.

Shoultz says a simple, amicable divorce can cost each person $3,500, but he’s also had clients spend up to $150,000 to ‘duke it out’ and end the marriage.

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