January has become known in the field of family law as "divorce month,"
or the month when most of couples seek to resolve their failing marriages
once and for all. The holiday season works to encourage these filings.
Spouses are often willing to put their emotions on hold through the holidays
for the sake of the children, but once the New Year hits, many seek to
resolve their resolutions early on by calling on a divorce attorney.
Why do so many couples divorce in January?
The holiday season does not push people to end their marriages. Many are
considering divorce long before December, but the holiday season is traditionally
considered the time for gatherings with family and friends. Ending a marriage
at this time may be considered more harmful than helpful. However, the
holidays can work to sharpen the focus of why the marriage is unhappy
and why filing for divorce really is the best decision.
January is the most common month for divorce because:
- The New Year encourages people to make the changes they want to see and
take advantage of new opportunities.
- Couples would rather stick through one last holiday season with the children
and announce the divorce once everything is settled.
- Holidays are the most financially and emotionally stressful time of the
year, exacerbating existing problems with couples.
- Tax benefits and financial reasons that can save significant amounts of
money may warrant the need of waiting to file until the new year.
Every couple has their own unique reasons for divorcing and will face numerous
pitfalls no matter when they file. With any life-changing decision, careful
thought and consideration should go into moving forward with this matter.
Deciding to divorce a spouse is nothing to be ashamed of. With millions
of people across the United States choosing to make the same decision
in January, ending a marriage is very common. It is also, in many instances,
in the best interest of the family as a whole.
Looking to divorce this January? For compassionate family law counsel,
come to James D. Madden, Attorney at Law. Contact our firm for a free case evaluation