Sometimes, we see things mentioned on the Internet and wonder if they’re true. Take divorce in the New Year, for example. You may have read from a variety of sources over the years that more divorces happen consistently in January than at any other time of the year. And being that the calendar is flipping to 2023, the most curious of us can’t help but wonder if January really is divorce month.
That’s a difficult question to answer. But what we can tell you is that the history of divorce month does back up this claim.
January has long been dubbed Divorce Month
Numerous studies conducted by law firms, universities, and various media outlets such as The New York Times have tracked divorce rates for years. This includes a 2016 study by the University of Washington that examined divorce filings over a 14-year span (2001 to 2015). In that study, there was consistent evidence of divorce proceedings beginning in January.
Granted, that same study also said there are noticeable spikes in cases during different times of the year, including March through August. But it is believed the process for many of those cases started a few months earlier — in January.
Most people still have a hard time seeing divorce as a seasonal thing, but there are a few logical reasons why it’s true:
- People don’t want to get divorced during the holidays.
- A negative holiday season may be the final straw for a marriage that’s already on the rocks.
- Conversely, many people think they might save their marriage during the holidays, so they delay divorce.
- Couples previously on the fence about divorce see January as a fresh starting point.
Deciding to divorce isn’t easy
Whether you believe January is divorce month or not, deciding to end your marriage isn’t easy. The attorneys at Christman Ramsey & Foster, PC, have a unique and refreshing approach to the often turbulent and emotionally stressful disputes arising in the context of divorce, child custody, and other family law cases. Our law firm anchors its representation and legal advice in principles and philosophies that focus on the long-term best interests of children and families.
Although it is not easy, our attorneys are committed to supporting and guiding clients through the dark days of marital crisis.
The details of your divorce proceedings may not be clearly defined until we can sit down, dive into your unique situation, and determine the best course of action moving forward.
Please call Christman Ramsey & Foster, PC, for your legal needs today!
Please consult an attorney for advice about your individual situation. The material on this website and in this or any blog article we publish are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. The attorneys at Christman Ramsey & Foster, PC believe in tailoring legal advice and solutions to your own personal circumstances.
We have an unwavering commitment to helping our clients at each stage of their legal situation. Contact us today!