Divorce Month

January dubbed “Divorce Month” for numerous reasons

Money, infidelity, unrealistic expectations remain common reasons for divorce

For many years now, January has been unofficially considered Divorce Month. The courts see an uptick in divorce filings right around the new year for a variety of reasons.  

Couples considering divorce often tough it out through the holidays for the sake of their children or family and then split after one last time opening gifts together. Most people try to avoid the turmoil that can come with divorce during a time that’s filled with family events and activities.

Some couples get so swept up in the holiday spirit that they renew their commitment to one another. But for many, taking down lights and decorations can signal a return to stressful real-life routines. Problems that were put on hold in December can come back hard in January. And because finances are one of the top topics of marital fights, the first bank statement following Christmas can trigger some tense discussions.

Speaking of money, some experts believe January is Divorce Month has to do with tax deadlines. Your marital status on December 31 can determine whether next year’s taxes will be filed jointly. Some couples put off divorce because they just can’t afford to go their separate ways. But having more money isn’t always the answer. This January, Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos — the wealthiest couple in the world — started the new year by announcing they were splitting up after 25 years of marriage.

While some couples may begin seeking information about divorce in November and December, the Monday after children return to school following their holiday break has been dubbed “D-Day” because of the amount of filings. The second week in January is especially busy.

For couples who are struggling, the most common reasons for divorce include infidelity, money, lack of communication, lack of intimacy, unrealistic expectations and abuse. The new year can bring not just resolutions but a chance to reevaluate relationships. Disgruntled spouses sometimes realize they just can’t take another year in an unhappy marriage.

If you need information about divorce or would just like to discuss your options, contact The Law Offices of Joshua T. Crain.