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The end of holidays marks the beginning of divorce season for some couples

CALGARY -- The pressure of awkward family functions now safely past, January is when many unhappy couples choose to start to legally separate their lives.

Mediation professionals say it can take months or even years to make the big decision to change course and end a marriage, and the passage of the holiday season lifts some of the outside social difficulties.

"It’s a time when people — not think of divorce, but actually want to file for divorce," says Zeina El-Sayed, a divorce mediator and paralegal. "They reach o...

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Attorneys gear up for busy 'Divorce Day'

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Today could be one of the busiest days of the year for local attorneys as the new year gets into the swing of things.

Paralegal Zeina El-Sayed said that the first Monday after New Year’s Day has come to be known as ‘Divorce Day’, due to troubles couples taking the day to start separating.

“A lot of us know that divorce rates are going up. Right now, it’s speculated that (…) between 50 to 60 per cent of the (marriages) end up in divorce,” commented El-Sayed.

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Alberta Divorce Filing Quiz

  • Zeina El Sayed
  • Divorce
  • March 25, 2019
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What’s Holding You Back?

Sometimes couples realize that divorce is the next logical step for them to take, but they don’t even know how to begin the process. They worry about all the costs and complexities involved – from not knowing if they need to retain the services of a lawyer, to figuring out how to manage their bank accounts in the interim. They worry about the divorce process being a mountain of work and a heap of money.

In addition to the hurts and disappointments, and the legal and financial details, they ...

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Conscious Uncoupling: Happily Even After

  • Zeina El Sayed
  • Divorce
  • March 5, 2019
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Most of us enter into a marriage full of hope and good intentions. The state of “falling in love” helps us look at each other through a positive lens, in the best light. We want to believe that those wonderful feelings will always exist.

Then, somewhere along the way, the hard work of life begins to wear us down. Our partner no longer seems to be the person we thought we’d married. In our hurt and frustration, we lash out, hold grudges, and both parties are left feeling traumatized. Ultimately the result is divo...

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Divorce and Selling your Home

  • Zeina El Sayed
  • Divorce
  • March 5, 2019
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It’s not surprising that the beginning of the year has historically been the busiest time of the year for divorce experts. Couples on the verge of separation have often held out through Christmas for the sake of the kids and the extended family.

The New Year is a time when many resolve to make a fresh start and get out from under a crumbling marriage. So once you have committed to getting a divorce, one of the biggest decisions is selling the shared home. It can be fraught with problems, not the least of which is listing it...

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