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The January surge in divorces

When the calendar turns over, a surprising number of couples file for divorce. January could easily be referred to as "Divorce Month." There are a number of reasons that divorce filings rise in January. Most of them point to the common themes in many divorces.

Mutual decision

The January increase is due, in part, to couples who want to keep the family together for one more holiday season before ending it. They don't want to ruin the holidays for their children or have the divorce dominate family conversations at Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years. When couples coordinate on the right time to file for divorce, very few choose December. 


One of the most common points of contention in divorce is money. The holidays can bring money issues to the forefront and convince people that the relationship will no longer work. Overspending during the holidays is so common, it is only natural that some married people are pushed to the breaking point just in time for a January divorce filing.

Too busy

The holidays can run you ragged. Between work and family obligations, December is a difficult time to get it all done. Courts face similar pressures, so it can be difficult to get your business concluded in a timely manner if you file during the holiday season.

Time to reevaluate

Whether you make New Year's resolutions or not, it is natural to reflect on your life at the end of the year. That process can be enough for many married people to conclude that the marriage isn't working. Divorce may be the best option to protect yourself and your future.

Whatever the reason, if you are considering filing for divorce, you should consult an experienced attorney first. At Harris Cook, LLP, we have decades of experience helping clients through the divorce process. We can help you understand your options and make the right choices to protect yourself and your family. 

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