If you are planning to file for divorce this month, you are not alone. In fact, January is considered divorce month since lawyers tend to get more divorce cases this time of the year than any other month. Here are some reasons January is such a popular month to get a divorce.
The New Year Brings a Fresh Start
So many people look at divorce as a relief, a positive change that offers them a new lease on life. If this is the case for you, it's easy to consider the end of your marriage as the start of your new single life. What better time to make this decision than at the beginning of a new year? Plus, the divorce may be part of your New Year's resolutions. If you have resolved to stop letting others treat you badly and start feeling better about yourself, a January divorce makes sense.
The Family-Oriented Holidays Are Over
You might not want to announce your divorce on Christmas Eve with your family, especially if your loved ones would be shocked by it. But it can be hard to get through the holidays with your spouse when you are not happy with the relationship, in which case you may be bursting at the seams to file for divorce by January. Plus, it's common to want to stay together for the kids through the holidays, but it can be hard to wait much longer.
There Are Financial Benefits
You may be too busy working hard in December to file for divorce since you need extra money to buy presents, host parties, or even take a short family vacation with any time you have off at the end of the month. Thus, for financial reasons, it may make sense to wait until January to file. Plus, if you get a Christmas bonus from your job, you can use that to pay the legal costs of the process. Clearly, many people are simply too broke or busy to file in December, but January may afford more money and time for couples who wish to end their marriage.
An additional consideration is that you can file jointly with your spouse for the previous year when you wait until January to divorce. This is often at the bottom of the list of reasons to wait, but it is often a financial benefit nonetheless. This may be especially helpful if the divorce is mutually desired and you and your spouse are able to plan the timing so it works out this way.
No matter the reason you want to file for divorce this month, you can rely on Brian D. Perskin & Associates, P.C. to help you with the process. We have decades of experience and have seen it all, so rest assured we can handle your case with confidence. Even if you need to wait until next month or the month after, we will be here to take on your case when you call. Contact us at your convenience.