Why Do Divorce Filings Increase in January?

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As we head into the new year, many spouses will begin the divorce process. Why is there a seasonal increase right at the start of the year? Our attorneys at Newman & Allen explain why there is an increase in filings in January, and what the first steps are if you too are considering filing for divorce.

Why Divorce Goes Up After the Holidays

There are a few reasons why divorce filings may peak in January.

First, people who made the decision to get divorced before the holidays, but postpone officially filing until the new year. Going through a divorce is never easy or fun, but especially so over the holidays. With ample family time and obligations, starting the divorce process adds even more to one’s plate. For this reason, many spouses choose to put the process on hold until after the holidays have calmed down.

Second, the holidays may have been a time of reflection leading to divorce. At the end of the year, many people contemplate the previous 12 months and their future. In some cases, this leads individuals to come to the conclusion that they want to end their marriage. Then, once the new year starts, they file.

Lastly, domestic violence may play a role. Domestic violence may occur over the holidays, and in fact, New Year’s Eve is one of the holidays with the highest rates of domestic violence reports. If this type of altercation occurs between spouses, then that may lead to a quick decision to divorce.

Signs It Might Be Time for a Divorce

If you are contemplating filing for divorce, you are not alone. Many people are feeling the same way at this time of year.

It may be best to separate from your spouse if:

  • You are failing to communicate
  • You do not wish to spend quality time with one another anymore
  • You have grown into too different of people to see eye-to-eye
  • You are arguing constantly
  • You are in fear of your safety or have suffered abuse at the hands of your spouse

If you relate to any of the above statements, a divorce may be the best option for your future.

Starting the Divorce Process

At the very start of the divorce process, there are a few things you need to do. First, contact a divorce attorney. Divorce attorneys have in-depth knowledge about what you’ll need to do and what you can expect over the coming months. They can answer all of the questions that you have and can ensure you are prepared each step of the way.

Next, begin organizing your accounts and assets. Compile financial information, account statements, and a list of separate and marital assets. This will all be important for determining asset division, child support, spousal support, and other logistics of your divorce.

Also important is figuring out when and how to notify your spouse that you want a divorce. Ideally, you will speak to an attorney before taking this step. However, sometimes this can’t be timed perfectly. Prepare yourself emotionally for having this difficult conversation with your spouse.

While these are the first few steps you can take prior to filing, know that there is more that will need to be done. This can be daunting, but your attorney and loved ones will be there for you from filing to finalization.

Rancho Cucamonga Divorce Representation

Our team at Newman & Allen has helped countless clients throughout the divorce process to ultimately reach a brighter future. If you have decided that it is time to end your marriage, contact our team today for legal guidance and assistance. We understand that this is a highly-emotional time, and we want to make the experience as stress-free as possible. Reach us at (909) 328-6101 or click here to request a consultation.

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