Starting the new year fresh: Divorces increase in January

| Dec 26, 2019 | Divorce

January is a busy time of year for divorce attorneys because many people are making good on their New Year’s resolutions and starting with ending their unhappy marriages.

January has actually been dubbed “divorce month” because of the uptick in divorce filings that take place there. Couples often wait until after the holidays to decide to divorce, so the first half of January is typically booming with new divorce applications.

Google Trends shows that searches for divorce increase the weak of Jan 6 through the 12. In a study performed by the University of Washington looking at data from 2001 to 2015, it was concluded that the total number of divorce filings did increase in January when compared to December. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that there were around 8% fewer annulments and divorces in 2017 compared to in 2007, showing an overall decline in divorces.

What causes the uptick in January divorce filings? It could be having a horrible holiday with a spouse. It could be wanting to start a new year fresh. Others want to preserve one more family holiday together as a unit, rather than split up.

If you are considering filing for divorce, you should be aware that January is a busy time for attorneys. You may want to file earlier if you’re interested in divorcing during the next year, or you may want to give it a little more time if you’re waiting for a slower time of year for your attorney. Your attorney will talk to you more about timelines and what to expect when you get in touch.

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