“Divorce Month” Is Almost Here

If your New Year’s resolution is getting out of a bad marriage, you’re not alone. In fact, January has been deemed “Divorce Month” by family law and divorce lawyers across the nation. There’s even a “Divorce Day,” the first Monday of the New Year (not-so-coincidentally following “Dating Sunday,” in which the number of new profiles for dating apps soars). What makes January such a popular time to file for divorce? If you’re thinking about splitting after the holidays or if you’ve been served with divorce papers, there are a few things you should know.

The Truth Behind Divorce Month

Yes, “divorce month” is a thing, and many experts speculate that January is a popular month for divorce filings because it follows the holidays. News reports even indicate that queries for “divorce party” increased on the social media site Pinterest by about 20 percent from December to January in one recent year. So, what is it specifically about January that leads to more interest in divorce?

The Winter Holidays Exacerbate Fractures in a Marriage

The stress of the holidays, which may include worries over money for gifts, travel plans, and visiting in-laws, can cause even the most compatible couples to fight. If your relationship is already rocky, the holiday cheer may seem hollow. Many people may find themselves wishing they were in a happy relationship during “the most wonderful time of the year.”

Some couples may hold off filing for divorce to give their children (or their spouse) one last holiday season together, or they may not want to start a contentious divorce in the middle of the holidays.

A New Year May Prompt a Fresh Start

“New Year, new you” is a saying often associated with New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier, exercise more, or spend less time on social media. The desire to start fresh, plus reflection on a stressful holiday season, may also prompt people to leave toxic relationships and marriages.

Filing in January Often Makes Better Financial Sense

You may have to pay less taxes if you wait to file for divorce until after the end of the year. If you’re married and filing jointly, then you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse can take advantage of certain tax breaks before you separate. Your accountant may also advise you to wait to file for divorce to avoid changes in legislation, which could impact your alimony payments or eligibility.

Are You Ready To File For Divorce?

If you realize that you cannot reconcile with your spouse, or if you’re in an abusive or toxic marriage, it’s probably best to talk to a family law or divorce lawyer who can help you map out and achieve a successful divorce. A skilled divorce lawyer can guide you through the legal process of divorce and advise you on your best options.

If you’re considering divorce or separation, we can help. The family law practice of Gravel & Wechter P.C., is ready to listen to your story and assist you in moving forward.