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Why do more people file for divorce in January?

On Behalf of | Jan 2, 2024 | Family Law

As the holiday season winds up in Indiana and you head into a new year, it’s not uncommon to look for ways to make significant changes to your life. If you’ve been living in an unhappy marriage, you may be considering filing for divorce this January. If you have thought about divorcing your spouse in the new year, you’re not alone. January remains the month in which the most divorce filings occur. By considering your situation, and the reasons behind why many people choose to file for divorce in January, you may have more confidence that you’re making the right decision about your marriage.

Why do people file for divorce in January?

While the holiday season is supposed to be full of family fun, it is also a very stressful time for many. If you’re in an unhappy marriage, it can be very difficult to enjoy the holidays, making you wonder if you should make some important changes in your life. If you have children, you may decide that divorce is the right choice, but you want to wait until after the holidays to file and inform your children of the coming changes.

Even those without children often find themselves waiting until January to file for divorce. Breaking the news to family during the holidays can be challenging. You may feel like waiting until the new year will make it easier to inform friends and family of your choices once the pressure of attending holiday events and get-togethers is over.

Looking for a new start

Those who file for divorce in January have likely been thinking about it for a while. Going through the stressful holiday season can amplify marriage issues, making you rethink your entire life. It’s common for people to want a fresh start when the new year begins, and that may include getting out of an unhappy marriage.

No matter when you file for divorce, it’s important to understand that you’re making a significant choice that will impact the rest of your life. If you have children, be sure to take time to explain to them in age-appropriate terms that they are not at fault in any way. Kids are resilient, but they will benefit from extra love and support from both parents during such a difficult time.

Seek advice

Divorce brings about many changes, and it’s important to be prepared by seeking legal advice. You’re likely to have many questions and concerns during the divorce process. An Indiana family law attorney can answer your questions and help you make the right decisions based on your circumstances.