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Do divorces typically increase in January?

On Behalf of | Dec 28, 2023 | Divorce |

For many, the holiday season is associated with festivities, joy, goodwill and family togetherness. That may be why it’s so surprising that the smiling couple in Christmas cards are the same ones filing for divorce in January.

Does that mean the holiday season is followed by the divorce season?

Staying together for the holidays

Beginning in early January and continuing through March, there is an increase in the word ‘divorce’ in online searches and an uptick in divorce filings.

Many couples experiencing marital problems may choose to delay their divorce until after the holidays to avoid disrupting family celebrations. They are also reluctant to have the cloud of divorce impacting their children during what many consider a magical time.

Furthermore, the holiday season can sometimes exacerbate already existing marital issues. An already tense situation is heightened by increased financial stress, alcohol consumption and time spent with extended families.

As the year winds down, many look to January as a time for making new resolutions and changes. January symbolizes a time of doing away with the old and new beginnings. For people in unhappy marriages, it may seem like a good time to file for divorce and seek a fresh start.

There are also financial considerations at play. Waiting until the new year allows the couple to take advantage of certain tax benefits. It also allows extra time to prepare for the following year’s tax season. In addition, there may be year-end bonuses that may be included in the division of marital assets.

While it’s true that divorce filings tend to increase in January, it’s also important to remember that everyone’s situation is unique. Deciding to divorce is profoundly personal and should be based on your specific circumstances.

If you are considering divorce, it’s important to discuss your situation with someone who can provide valuable guidance and ensure your rights are protected.