Over the last year, you’ve been wondering if you’re going to get a divorce. Maybe you’ve been thinking about it yourself, but you’re just not sure when is the right time to bring it up. Maybe you think your spouse has been considering it because you’ve noticed differences in their behavior.
Either way, what you need to know is that your odds of divorce are much higher in January. The number of cases that happen in the United States is about to spike. “Divorce Month” always brings in a higher percentage of cases, so you may wind up getting divorced as the new year begins.
Why does this happen?
There are a few different reasons why this happens, starting with the holiday season. If you’re celebrating Christmas with your family, it just doesn’t feel like the right time to start the divorce process. Many people will wait, meaning that divorce filings fall dramatically in December. This doesn’t mean that people don’t decide to get divorced in December, but simply that most of the December and January cases all happen together, and they happen in January.
Parents are also considering their children, as these conversations can be difficult to have when all the children are home on a break from school. It’s easier when parents have more alone time, and they get more of that when the children return to school at the beginning of January.
If you and your spouse do end up getting a divorce this year, take the time to carefully look into all of your legal options. You may need to consider things like property division, child custody, alimony payments and much more.