When we think about the holidays, we often think of time gathered with family, sharing memories, meals, and presents. But after the end of the year passes, it seems that the image of family togetherness often passes with it.
The month of January has developed something of a reputation, due to having one of the highest instances of couples filing for divorce. As such, many have dubbed it “Divorce Month”.
Why is this the case? Here are a few of the reasons that we may be seeing an increase in divorces come the first month of the year:
Not Wanting to Ruin the Holidays
The holidays can be a special time of year, especially for children. This is why couples generally wait until after the holidays to announce and pursue a divorce.
Heightened Stress from the Holidays
It is no surprise that the holidays can be an extremely stressful time of year for most. Between strained finances and increased emotions, marriages that are already falling apart pre-season frequently cannot withstand the pressures of the holidays, and as such collapse after the additional stress of the season.
Many couples choose to wait until after the New Year to file for divorce, because if they file in January, they are still able to claim married status for the previous year. Filing married status offers both individuals a number of tax benefits.
Starting the New Year with a Clean Slate
The New Year, known for resolutions and new beginnings, often spurs individuals to get out of an unhappy relationship. For married couples that are unhappy, the New Year may serve to influence the decision to divorce.
Signs of the Breakdown of a Marriage
There are a number of red flags that legal experts believe may be a sign of a contentious marital split to come. These include:
- Breakdown in communication
- Changes in household finances
- One spouse becomes secretive
- Both spouses begin to lead separate lives
- The couple no longer has a healthy sex life
- Holding negative discussions with others about the marriage
Although many couples have found that January was the right month for them to actively seek a divorce, there is never an easy time to do so. Divorce can be devastating, and will inevitably have an impact on family, friends, and other people, regardless of the time of year.
If you believe that there are red flags in your relationship, and that divorce is imminent, often being open and honest with your spouse can help to repair damaged relationships. However, if this is unlikely, getting yourself a South Jersey divorce lawyer sooner rather than later may be a wise decision.
If you or a loved one is dealing with divorce, it can be emotionally taxing, making it difficult to make important legal decisions that will affect your future on your own. We will be there every step of the way through this stressful process, ensuring you get what you are entitled to. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at (856) 512-1461 today. With offices located in Marlton and Somers Point, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout South Jersey, including Camden County, Burlington County, and Atlantic County.