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Why is January considered "Divorce Month"

Posted by Amy Hayes | Dec 25, 2022 | 1 Comment

January is often referred to as "divorce month," with more divorces happening in January on average than any other month. Below are common reasons we have noticed an uptick in divorces in January.

Survive The Holidays

One of the big reasons for the rise in January divorces is many couples decide prior the holiday season their marriage is in trouble, but want to keep things status quo until the holidays are over. This provides children with security through the holiday season and protects them from having to worry about the family splitting up while friends are celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas.

This practice leads to a backup of divorce filings as few couples call it quits in November and December- opening the divorce floodgates in the new year.

New Years Resolution Divorces

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 truly holding them back.  Anyone who is on the fence about staying with their spouse, often decides in January it is time to begin the divorce process. 

Getting Prepared For A New Years Divorce

  • Pull your financial records, bank statements, mortgage pay-off information, 401K balances
  • Start checking the real estate landscape.  Think about if the marital home will need to be sold and who is going to live where while divorce is pending.
  • Start Making a Budget
  • Think about potential child custody schedules
  • Set goals and make a plan
  • Take time to grieve and process your emotion

Hayes Legal Solutions, PLLC is here for you no matter what time of year, you decide to divorce, our divorce attorneys can help. We understand divorce is a difficult decision, and we will help you to develop a gameplan for divorce. Call/ text us at 405-635-5578 to set up a free 15- minute exploratory call.

About the Author

Amy Hayes

Hayes Legal Solutions, PLLC is owned by Amy Hayes, she is also known by some as Amy Hayes-Thompson. She has been licensed to practice law in Oklahoma since 2003. Amy started Hayes Legal Solutions to make legal services more accessible and affordable to Oklahomans. Family Law, LGBTQ Family Law, Real Estate Law, Oil &Gas Law, Small Business Contracts, and Renewable Energy Law are her primary practice areas.


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