Now that we have moved through the Christmas holiday season, it’s important for couples to understand that divorce rates are going to rise. This happens every January, which is why it has often been called divorce month. The rate at which people decide to end their marriages is notably higher in January than it was in December or even November.
There are a lot of reasons for this. Some people want to get divorced, but they don’t want to start the process around the holidays. Others want to wait until their children go back to school. Still others believe that a magical holiday season could perhaps repair some of the problems with their marriage, but they find out after the holidays that it is actually time to move on.
New Year’s resolutions may have something to do with it
Additionally, you may have been thinking about divorce for some time, but you were unsure when to take that step. You know that you want something to change in your life, and it feels like your relationship status may be part of that change. If you are feeling this way, you’re certainly not alone, and a lot of people use the new year to make resolutions about the changes that they want to see. In many cases, this also leads to an increasing divorce rate because people will determine that the only way to accomplish their goals is to end their marriage.
What are your options if divorce is on the horizon?
If you do decide to get divorced this year, or if your spouse files for divorce, then it’s important to take the time to look into all of your legal options regarding everything that’s important to you, from custody issues to the division of marital assets and debts.