When the holiday season ends and the new year begins, family law offices around the United States see a rise in the number of couples seeking divorces. January through March becomes divorce season, as couples look for a fresh start in the new year. The additional stress from finances during the holidays is one reason for couples to seek divorce, as many people feel there is no possibility of reconciling their differences and overcoming their troubles. Consulting the marriage and divorce experts at Vayman & Teitelbaum can provide you with everything you need to make the right legal decisions if you are seeking a divorce.
Why is January Known a Divorce Month?
According to experts, the number of divorce filings are one-third higher than normal in January. Couples who are contemplating divorce or going through a rocky patch are typically reluctant to file for a divorce during the last quarter of the year.
Thanks to the holidays in November and December, couples often seek to keep their families together. Couples with children often stay together through the holidays for their kids, preferring not to put any undue stress on them during the time. According to The Atlantic.com, online searches during January for ‘divorce’ and ‘child custody’ surge. By March, the two searches peak.
Due to the decision to remain together during the holidays, it is on the first Monday of January that couples begin to seek out divorce lawyers. Just as people around the country make resolutions to eat better and exercise, the same holds true for divorces and relationships.
Top Reasons for Divorce
- Couple got married too quickly
- A breakdown in communication
- The fire has gone out of the relationship
- Lack of independence
- Financial problems
- Alcohol or drug abuse by one or both spouses
- Difference in pre-marriage lifestyle and background
One Last Attempt
The holidays are also seen as one last chance for couples to be together and work things out. This does not always happen and often one spouse has already made his or her mind up.
Some relationships survive after the holiday period, and couples do reconcile their differences. However, according to experts, when the thought of divorce is broached, spouses typically follow through with it.
Effect of January Divorce
Interestingly, while January sees an increase in divorces, it also sees those same people looking for new relationships. Online dating websites, the modern way for people to meet, see more members register during the months of December through February than at any other time of the year. In 2015, Match.com saw a 38% rise in registration during that time.
Although January through March sees the largest number of divorces, the end of the summer sees another peak in divorce filings. Researchers theorize that couples often make the decision following a vacation or trip. The return home is the eye-opening moment in which they decide their relationship is not working.
Vayman & Teitelbaum Can Help
The law firm of Vayman & Teitelbaum can provide you with legal guidance when it comes to divorce. With four locations in Georgia, Vayman & Teitelbaum, Attorneys at Law, is available to give you insight on making the right decision. Visit our divorce page to see how we can help you. If you have any questions, contact us and let our experienced attorneys in family law go to work for you.