Many couples choose January as the month to file for divorce

By January 7, 2012Divorce

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Divorce on Saturday, January 7, 2012

The New Year always brings a flurry of resolutions and decisions to make life changes. Many people decide to go to the gym more or to read a book a week. But a surprising number of people also choose the beginning of the year to get a divorce.

There are many possible reasons why married couples may choose to file for a divorce, whether it is for financial reasons or simply drifting apart. But why is the number of couples divorcing higher in this month than other months of the year?

For some, the decision to file for divorce after January 1 is similar to the reason why others decide to eat healthier or exercise more often. For whatever reason, a couple wants to get a fresh start with the New Year and beginning the divorce process is a step in that direction.

Others may choose to wait until the holidays are over to file for a divorce. Holidays are typically a time when family comes together, and a couple may decide to wait for the sake of their children.

And yet others may choose to begin the divorce process in the beginning of the year for financial and tax reasons. Even if the decision to separate comes in the previous year, the couple may wait until after income taxes have been filed and the financial situation of each person has been established.

Whatever the reason, couples who choose to file for a divorce this month will be joining a number of other couples as they make decisions around child support, child custody, spousal support and even property division.

Source: WTVM News, “January is busiest time of year for divorce attorneys,” Taylor Kinkade, Jan. 3, 2012