When people think of January they often think of cold weather, snow and New Year’s Day. Apparently, however, January also brings thoughts of divorce to many couples. According to several studies, January is the most popular month for couples to choose to divorce, earning it the nickname “Divorce Month”.
There are several theories as to why couples select the month of January to split. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season may put many divorces on hold during November and December. Those couples with children in particular may choose to stick it out through the end of the year for the sake of family gatherings and celebrations.
As the coldest month of the year, January is also a time when couples may be spending more time in the home together. Tensions that may have grown during the stressful holiday season may finally reach a breaking point in January. Spouses may also reflect upon the past year and decide it is a time for a fresh start as the new year begins.
Just because January is a popular month for divorce, however, doesn’t mean it is a better time to file for divorce than any other month of year. Divorce is a personal decision. The right time to file for divorce is when it makes sense for you and your family. If you have decided to pursue a divorce, a knowledgeable divorce attorney can provide advice and guidance about when you should file based on your unique circumstances.
Source: Your Tango, Is January Really “Divorce Month”?, Meghan Beresford