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Is January a good time to file for divorce?

On Behalf of | Dec 31, 2022 | Divorce

Many people file for divorce in January. It is one of the most popular months to do so

However, it’s important to understand why that is before doing the same yourself. Here are some possible reasons why people file at this time:

The holiday stress

The Christmas holidays are not like every day of the year. While they are meant to be a time to relax with family, they can be anything but relaxing.

The stress of finding presents, queuing in packed-out supermarkets to stock up on food and drink, cooking for large quantities of people and perhaps spending more time than usual with people you don’t much like can strain any marital relationship. Consider if disagreements are just a result of the strain you are both under or if they are a true reflection of things between you.

New Year’s resolutions

New year, new life. Many people seek to make big changes when the clock strikes 12 and brings the year to a close. However, if you look at the majority of resolutions people make, such as going to the gym or giving up alcohol, they do not last. Typically that’s because people are not as committed to the idea as they think.

The decision to divorce is in a whole different league from those things, so make sure it is what you really want. Unlike going to the gym or going teetotal, you can’t just drop the idea and go back to being married. Once you’ve told your spouse you want to end it, things can never be quite the same.

If you believe divorce is right for you this January, seek legal help to learn more about how the process works.