Why January is Dubbed “Divorce Month”

It’s just about a wrap on 2022. We’re counting down the days until New Year’s Eve and enjoying quality time with our families during the holidays, but, for many families, the cheer could soon turn sour.

January is often referred to as “divorce month,” with more divorces happening in January on average than any other month. There are a few reasons for the trend, and it might be something to think about if you’re not feeling secure in your marriage or have been having conversations about what the future looks like without your spouse.

Just Get Through the Holidays

One of the big reasons for the rise in January divorces is many couples decide it’s best for everyone to just get through the holidays together. This provides children with security through the holiday season and protects them from having to worry about the family splitting up while all their friends are leaning into Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations.

This, of course, leads to a backup of divorce filings as fewer couples call it quits in November and December – opening the floodgates in the new year. If we want to be optimistic, however, there’s also potential that more couples who decide to stick together through the holidays are able to find what brought them together in the first place and end up forgoing divorce entirely.

New Year, New Me

Another perspective that impacts divorce rates in January is a bit more arbitrary. A lot of people look at the new year as an opportunity to build the life they truly want, and this can often mean leaving behind what they believe is bringing them down or holding them back.

If 2022 was a year of struggle and constant argument in your relationship then you may not want to go through another year of your life dealing with the same 

headaches. The same can be said for those who just don’t believe they’ve found the security or love in their marriage that they did during the dating and honeymoon phase.

Anyone who is on the fence also may view the new year as a moment to make a decision one way or the other. For some, there has been this constant feeling of needing to either dive all the way back into the marriage or to step away completely. Shaking this off and getting a fresh start is a common move for those who can no longer make the commitment of marriage.

We, of course, don’t wish divorce upon anyone. Our firm has handled numerous divorce cases and sees the toll it takes on families each and every time, but we also understand it’s a reality for some couples. If you’re one of the many who plan to make the move in January, contact Attorney John M. Totten and get the power of representation on your side.

John M. Totten