The end of one year and the beginning of another leads many people to resolve to be a better version of themselves and time for a fresh start.
"I've had this phone call before from a guy, who was in the middle of spending the holidays one afternoon with his in-laws and extended family on his wife's side, and wanted to meet with me later that week," divorce attorney Patrick Copley told FOX-Kansas City.
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Unfortunately, for many of Copley's cases, that fresh start often means going at it alone.
Copley, like attorneys across the nation, says starting the first week of January his office will see an uptick in calls from people acting on their "out with the old, in with the new" approach, FOX reports.
The stress of marriage and the holidays is something most understand, including Jim Jewell, who's about to celebrate his 30th wedding anniversary.
"It's Christmastime, it should be better and it's not. Then all of a sudden January 1 comes, do you really want to kiss this person next year? I do, it's my wife, yes, for 30 years, but you know what I mean? Those kinds of things come up," Jewell said.
Copley says divorces can cost up to $20,000 depending on how long and drawn out the process is. His advice for couples is to make divorce your absolute last option.
Prosecutors eye Monster drinks
The San Francisco city attorney and New York state attorney general have joined forces to investigate whether Monster Beverage Corp. is marketing its highly caffeinated drinks to children, Associated Press reports.
The joint probe began last month just before a federal judge in California tossed out a lawsuit filed by Monster seeking to stop an investigation by San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera.
Herrera has filed a lawsuit claiming the drinks pose health risks and accusing the Corona, Calif.-based Monster company of violating state law by misbranding its drinks and marketing them to minors. He began his investigation of Monster in 2012.
Monster spokeswoman Tammy Taylor said the energy drinks are not marketed to children and aren't highly caffeinated. A 16-ounce can of Monster contains less than half the caffeine of a similar-sized cup of coffee, she said.
On its cans, Monster says the beverage is not recommended for children, people sensitive to caffeine, pregnant women or women who are nursing.