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DuPage County divorce attorneysThe period immediately following the excitement of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, and New Year’s Day is often a time when many people file for divorce. In fact, some have called January “divorce month” because so many couples choose to file for divorce during near the beginning of each new year.

The first Monday of the year after the holiday season typically sees a rise in couples taking legal action regarding their marriage. There are a few reasons why this is the case. Some couples with children wait until after the holidays because they do not want to ruin the children’s enjoyment with news of the divorce. Other couples avoid announcing their divorce until after they have attended the family gatherings and work parties that usually come with the holidays.

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Posted on in Divorce

new year, divorce filings, Naperville family law attorneyDecember is often a quiet month for divorce attorneys. Divorce trends show that divorces dip in December, only to quickly pick back up after New Year’s Day and peak in March. In fact, January sees such a large spike in divorces that divorce attorneys and other experts consider the first Monday of the New Year ‘Divorce Monday.’ Attorneys across the United States report experiencing the spike in divorce filings, and experts in foreign countries like the United Kingdom say they see the same thing. Why do people across the world choose to get divorced at the start of a new year?

Pressure During the Holidays

Marriage and divorce experts say one of the major reasons divorces lull in December and pick back up in January is that families are hesitant to separate during the holidays. This is especially true for married couples with children, who feel they have a responsibility to keep the holidays festive and happy for their children. Many parents justify waiting until after the holidays to give their children one last holiday as a family, though they may be setting themselves up for trouble. There are high expectations around the holidays, and couples who are already heading towards a divorce may find themselves fighting more than ever. The tension around the holidays is likely a reason divorces spike in January. Couples may choose to stick it out for the sake of their children, but are often quick to speak to their attorney about getting their divorce started as soon as the New Year arrives.

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