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Why is January known as Divorce Month?

We’ve made it through 2014 and recently welcomed the new year. The holidays are done and things are a bit calmer now that January has started. While it’s calmer for most individuals, it certainly isn’t for divorce lawyers.

January is often known as Divorce Month by some professionals. Statistics show that once January rolls around, more people begin to file for divorce. In fact, there is a one-third increase in filings around this time of year. The surge in filings seems to go on until about March.

Many people might wonder why January is such a popular month for divorce. There likely isn’t one simple answer, but rather a combination of circumstances that make January a prime time to file for divorce.

First of all, a lot of individuals do not want to break up the family during the holiday season. Because of this, they try to wait out the holidays before they file. Another reason might be that it is hard to get a court date during the holiday season, so people put off filing until the new year.

Finally, the new year can lead many people to want a fresh start. Those who file at the beginning of the year may hope that the divorce will be finalized before 2016 so that they can file their 2015 taxes as a single person.

For those considering filing for divorce this month (or any month this year), it can be a good idea to contact a family law attorney to discuss your case.

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