What Month is Most Common for Divorce?

Divorce is never an easy decision to make, but it seems that January is the most common month for couples to call it quits. This phenomenon has led to the nickname "Divorce Month."

However, why does January see a surge in divorce filings? In this blog post, we'll explore the reasons behind this trend.

Why Do People Divorce in January?

There are several reasons why January is such a popular month for divorce. Here are some of the primary factors:

Holidays Can Be Stressful

While the holiday season is often synonymous with joy and happiness, it can also be a source of immense stress and pressure, particularly for couples. For example, research finds that two in five adults are most worried about affording and finding holiday gifts. This stress can exacerbate existing marital tensions, leading to arguments about how to spend the holidays and increased family demands.

Furthermore, a survey revealed that 62% of respondents described their stress level as "very or somewhat elevated" during the holidays, while only 10% of respondents reported no stress during the holiday season.

Holiday stressors in the survey consisted of:

  • Financial demands
  • Negotiating interpersonal family dynamics
  • Maintaining personal health habits

The holidays can be a stressful time, and some couples may choose to get through the festivities only to seek divorce once the season is over and life returns to normal.

Staying Together for the Children

It is not uncommon for parents to prioritize their children's well-being over their own when considering separation during the holiday season. For the sake of their kids, some couples may choose to stay together and enjoy one last holiday season together.

After the celebrations have ended, parents can feel that it is the right time to proceed with their divorce, allowing the family to heal and move on. By remaining together during the holidays, parents hope to create positive memories for their children and ease the transition into the next chapter of their lives.

Finding Support Through Family

For those considering divorce, the holiday season can be an emotionally tumultuous time. However, spending time with family during the holidays can also provide much-needed support and encouragement.

By opening up to loved ones about their struggles, individuals may find themselves realizing that divorce is the best choice for them. These conversations and connections may also give them the strength they need to take the next step and file for divorce in January.

New Year’s Resolutions

January can be a popular month for divorce due in part to New Year's resolutions. Many Americans feel strongly about setting goals for themselves at the beginning of the year, with close to half of respondents in polls indicating that they planned to make a resolution for the upcoming year.

The end of a year can signal a fresh start and an opportunity to make changes, even if those changes are difficult and involve ending a marriage. For those who have been contemplating divorce, the new year may offer the courage and motivation to take action.

Get Help from an Attorney

If you're feeling uncertain about the prospect of divorce, you're not alone. For many people, the idea of ending a marriage can be daunting. That's why the Law Office of Alexandra White, PC can be here to help.

Our experienced divorce lawyers can guide you through the process and provide the support you need to make informed decisions. We understand that every case is unique, and with our expertise, we can help you navigate the complexities of divorce.

Don't hesitate to reach out to us for a consultation – we'll be with you every step of the way. Call (303) 647-4245 or schedule your free consultation with us online.