January’s Reputation: The Myth and Reality of Divorce Month

The start of a new year inspires individuals to reevaluate their lives and make resolutions for change., but does that mean divorce?
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As the New Year unfolds, many of us embrace the mantra, “New Year – New Me,” often leading to significant life changes. One such change that reportedly sees a spike in January is divorce. But is January truly the divorce month? January’s reputation as the “Divorce Month” is a topic of considerable interest and debate. While it is true that many law firms and divorce professionals report an increase in inquiries and consultations in January, this doesn’t necessarily translate into the highest number of actual divorce filings.

The January Surge: Inquiries vs. Filings

January is known for its surge in divorce inquiries, earning its reputation as “Divorce Month.” This uptick could be due to individuals acting on decisions made during the holiday season. However, it’s important to note that while inquiries may increase, actual filings peak later in the year.

The rise in divorce inquiries in January is generally associated with the holiday season, preceding January, as a time of reflection and reassessment for many people. The stress and tensions of family gatherings, financial pressures, and the start of a new year prompt individuals to contemplate significant life changes. This period of reflection often results in a spike in divorce inquiries as people begin to explore their options.

New Year – New Me: Divorce and New Year’s Resolutions

The end of the year, especially around the holiday season, is a time when people tend to think a lot about their lives. They think about whether they’re really happy, including in their marriage. This kind of thinking can make someone realize they have ongoing problems in their marriage, needs that aren’t being met, or a wish to live their life differently.

For a lot of people, the thought of staying in a marriage that isn’t making them happy for another whole year is really tough. That’s why with the new year, people often decide, “It’s time for a change.” They want to make changes that will make their life better and happier.

The start of a new year often inspires individuals to reevaluate their lives and make resolutions for change. For some, this introspection leads to the difficult decision to end their marriage. The New Year often feels like a chance to start fresh. This feeling can push someone to make big changes, like ending a marriage that makes them unhappy.

Divorce Plus Community offers resources and support for those contemplating or going through a divorce, providing a platform to share experiences and advice during this challenging period.

The Monthly Pattern of Divorce

If January sees a surge in divorce inquiries, when are most divorces ultimately filed?  It may come as a surprise to some that the months of March and August consistently remain the months with the highest divorce filings.  This is largely believed to be because of the time it takes for individuals to begin the process of researching their divorce options, seeking advice, finding a divorce professional, and ultimately filing their divorce with the courts. 

Interestingly, the months with the lowest divorce rates tend to be November and December. This could be attributed to couples’ reluctance to initiate divorce proceedings during the holiday season, a time traditionally associated with family and togetherness.

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January may not be the month with the highest filings, but it certainly claims the top spot for people finding their footing in the new year.  The “New Year – New Me” outlook extends beyond simple resolutions like dieting or exercising more. For some, it means major life decisions like divorce.

As individuals embark on this journey, they should remember to establish their close network of friends and family, compile the information they will need to accomplish their ultimate goal, meet with a lawyer or other divorce professional, and always remember to take a breath. 

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