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Why January experiences an increase in divorce filings

On Behalf of | Jan 2, 2020 | Divorce |

Couples in Illinois and other states are more likely to file for divorce in the month of January. In fact, those in legal circles have started calling January “Divorce Month.” Not only do statistics reveal that divorce filings go up in the month of January, but even search engines see more queries for things related to divorce.

One reason why divorces may be more common during the month of January is because people are thinking about turning over a new leaf. They want to make improvements in their life, so it may mean ending a marriage that they feel unsatisfied with or that is riddled with problems.

All of the stress that couples face during the holiday season may also lead to divorce. Spending a lot of time with extended family, traveling during a hectic time of the year and increased spending can all make a person feel like they do not want to spend another holiday with their significant other. However, instead of announcing to the family during the holidays that they will divorce, couples often decide that they will wait until January.

Divorce is never easy. However, kindness can go a long way in making sure that everyone in the family, especially the children, walk away from the situation as healthy emotionally as possible. Also, learning as much about the divorce process can help a person know what to expect.

A person who is thinking about divorce during the holiday season may decide to speak with an attorney during the month of January. An attorney might answer questions about divorce during January or any month. They could provide information about child custody, child support and spousal support. They may even assist a client file the needed paperwork to get the divorce process started and argue for their fitness as a parent in court.