Why are Divorces More Common in January?
A new year means a fresh start for most people. Many Florida residents make resolutions to lose weight, get healthy, make more money, be nicer to others and maybe even fix their relationships. Others, however, choose to move on and even end their marriage.
January is known as Divorce Month for good reason. Many couples grin and bear it during the holidays. They put on a happy face for the world, but deep inside, they are secretly preparing to file for divorce.
After all, the holidays are supposed to be a happy time. Parties and celebrations are common, with yummy food and drinks taking center stage. Kids are excited about Santa’s upcoming visit. Family members arrive for the festivities. Nobody wants to discuss the D word during this time.
But once the presents have been opened and family members have gone their separate ways, couples tend to get down to business and plan their upcoming split. Google search data from 2019 shows that divorce queries peaked between January 6 and 12. In this time period, people were also interested in the divorce of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife Mackenzie, which was finalized in April 2019.
While many couples try to make the process as amicable as possible—especially if children are involved—sometimes divorces have a life of their own. What starts out with very little conflict may grow into a full-fledged war once assets, money, child support and child custody become involved.
Many parents start the divorce process in January because there is a strong possibility that the divorce will be finalized before the children start another school year in the fall. While this planning can be helpful in some, a divorce will still be upsetting for the children, no matter their ages. Children young and old always feel the effects of divorce—just in different ways. Some get quiet and reserved, keeping their feelings inside, while others lash out at their parents and develop behavioral problems in school. That’s why it’s important for parents to make the children feel comfortable during and after the divorce process. They should avoid badmouthing and name-calling to avoid parental alienation.
While a couple may want to end their marriage as quickly as possible so they can move on, they should be careful of making mistakes. All too often, people just want the process to be over and they lose out on money and assets that could help secure their financial future as they become single again.
Seek Help for Your Divorce
No matter what time of the year you end your marriage, it’s helpful to have legal help on your side during the process. Divorces are emotional and stressful, and it’s important to make good decisions as you end your relationship and move on as a single person.
Get help from the Dade City & Zephyrhills divorce attorneys at Mander Law Group. We can help you avoid costly mistakes that can affect your family life and financial future. Schedule a free consultation today by calling (800) 557-0411.