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Why are there so many January divorces?

On Behalf of | Dec 22, 2022 | Divorce |

Obtaining a divorce is a major decision that should not be taken lightly. While some separations go more smoothly than others, there is no easy way to break up with a long-term partner.

For this reason, people often delay the decision for several months or even years. January is frequently termed the “divorce month” because this is indeed when most divorces happen. Why is this the case?

Staying together for the children

Although staying together for the children is widely considered to do more harm than good, it is understandable why couples give it a go. This is especially the case during the holiday season. Children love the holiday season, they’re anticipating family time, presents and much more. The last thing they will want to hear is that their parents are going their separate ways.

When there’s too much going on

December is an extremely busy month for most people. Between preparing for Christmas and tying up loose ends at work, it can feel like there just isn’t enough spare time to do anything, let alone initiate divorce proceedings.

The perception of a fresh start

We’ve all heard the saying, “New year, a new me”. Will, this applies to divorce as well. It is of course an opportunity for a fresh start, and many people like to embark on this at the beginning of a new year.

It can be tempting to put things off but it isn’t necessarily for the best. One thing that should be delayed is seeking legal guidance because this makes you aware of your rights and options.