New Year, new start, and a new marriage? It seems to be that way. Family
law firms and marital therapists across the country are taking to calling
January “Divorce Month” due to the sharp rise in
divorce filings this time of year; in many regions, the divorce rate spikes more than
300% when compared to the fall.
The underlying factor behind many of these January divorces is the feeling
of starting anew. Everyone makes at least one New Year’s Resolution,
even if they don’t write it down. For some people, that resolution
is to have the courage or determination to end a marriage that hasn’t
felt comfortable for quite some time.
Some people also want to “get it over with” before tax season
comes around again. Depending on the financial situation of the family
and both spouses, filing for divorce before filing for taxes could be
beneficial. No need to needlessly complicate the matter even further by delaying.
Holding Onto the Holiday Spirit
A large percentage of divorce filings in January actually originate in
the holiday season. But the feeling of “ruining Christmas”
or the spirit of the season makes people hold off. For couples that share
children together, the feeling of protecting the holidays by setting aside
their divorce is even stronger.
Whether or not this actually helps anyone in the long run is up for debate.
On one hand, the holiday season will be less stressful for friends and
family. On the other, the spouses that are not happy in their marriage
are forcing themselves to put on a smile for the people around them.
As a general rule, when you know you want to end your marriage, you should
consider filing for divorce. Or, if you are just thinking about it but
aren’t sure, you should talk to an attorney about your options.
Legal separation could prove to be a workable middle ground between marriage and divorce,
but you won’t know until you get the right information.
If you live in Rhode Island, TJC ESQ and our Providence divorce attorneys
can be your legal guides through any
family law issue, including divorce. We invite you to call
401.216.4414 to set up an initial consultation with our team. You can also fill out an
online contact form if that is easier for you.