Why Is January Such a Popular Month for Divorce?

Is Divorce Month Fact or Fiction?

January is known as the most popular month for divorces in many countries around the world and is often referred to as the divorce month. However, while filing increased in January, March was the month in which more divorces were filed in 2019.

Every year, divorce rates increase in the first three months. This phenomenon has been observed and studied by family law experts since the early 2000s.

The Start of the Year: A Popular Time for Divorce

So why is the beginning of the year such a popular time to file for divorce? Let's take a look at what research has revealed about this trend. Below, we outline some of the contributing factors to the increase in divorce filings at the beginning of the year.

The Financial Factor

One of the most commonly cited reasons for filing during the first quarter of the year is financial. Many couples want to wait until January 1st when their taxes reset for the year, making it easier to divide assets and file taxes separately. Additionally, couples who are already financially strained may opt to wait until after Christmas so that they can give their children one last holiday season with both parents under one roof.

The Stressful Holidays

The holiday season can also be an incredibly stressful time for relationships, especially those on shaky ground. Between family obligations and financial pressures associated with gift-giving, many couples find that they simply don’t have enough energy to invest in resolving issues in their marriage. Instead, they decide that it’s best to part ways and begin fresh at the start of a new year - once all of the holiday stress has dissipated.

Starting Fresh in a New Year

Finally, starting fresh in a new year can be incredibly motivating for couples who are looking to end their marriage amicably and move forward with their lives. After all, New Year symbolizes a fresh start, which can make it an ideal time for couples looking to make changes that will ultimately improve their lives going forward. It’s also worth noting that people tend to be more optimistic at the start of a new year, which makes it much easier (and less painful) to make big changes like initiating or accepting divorce proceedings.

Considering Divorce? Contact Our Firm Today!

Divorce is never an easy decision, but there are certain times of the year when filing becomes more popular than others—particularly during the first three months of any given year. From financial concerns to stress brought on by hectic holidays, people tend to view the new calendar year as an opportunity to start anew. If you are considering filing for divorce this New Year’s season, consult with our experienced family law attorney who can help ensure your rights are protected throughout this difficult process.

At Shaw Family Law, our attorney has three decades of legal experience and is equipped to help you navigate your divorce. Known for our compassion and track record of success, you can trust that your case is in good hands with us.

Learn more about our divorce services and how we can help you by scheduling an initial case consultation. Call (205) 259-7650.