Why January is a Popular Month to File For Divorce
January: It’s the calm after the holiday storm, the month of new beginnings and the coincidentally the month for divorces.
Studies have shown a drastic increase in the number of divorce filings in January, compared to other months throughout the year.
The reason behind the increase? Researchers believe that the stresses of the holiday period and financial worries are the leading cause of the filing surge. The majority of lawyers will see a 25-30% increase in business in January.
Many parents worry about what a divorce will do to their children. They want to give their children one last happy holiday together as a family and wait until January to file for divorce. Some couples don’t want to disrupt their families during the holidays which have them waiting until the new year.
According to an analysis of divorce filings by FindLaw.com, a legal information website, divorces spiked in January, continued to rise through February then peaked in late March.
In that same analysis, FindLaw.com says searches for “divorce” and related phrases such as “family law” and “child custody” jumped 50 percent – from a little more than 10,000 in December 2010 to nearly 16,000 in January 2011, and continued to surge through March.
According to family law attorney, Cassandra Gibson, with The Carlson Law Firm, a common reason people decide to file for divorce is due to unmet expectations; whether it is intimacy, companionship, parenting, personal goals, or financial goals.
Before deciding if divorce is the right option for you, Gibson recommends having a support system both emotionally and financially. “Be prepared, when there are children, assets, and debts shared, you will likely still have the other person in your life for some time,” Gibson explains.
“Typically, couples will file for divorce because of financial disagreements, especially when it comes to younger marriages,” stated Walden.
Both attorneys agree that it is essential to have a plan in place if you are considering filing for divorce.
“A person considering divorce needs to form a plan for how they will achieve economic independence. In some marriages, a spouse may depend on the income of the other spouse. If that is the case, the dependent spouse will need to formulate a plan for going forward in life, possibly without the financial assistance of the other party,” Walden explains. “If there are children, you will need to consider where they will reside, how they will have access to the other parent, and how they will be supported.”
Gibson suggests you consider every scenario when it comes to putting you divorce plan into action.
“Have a plan and prepare for variables, such as someone moving away and how that may impact your obligations in the divorce,” added Gibson.
How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help
There are many aspects involved in filing for divorce. It is a process that is best accomplished with the assistance of a skilled family law attorney. No matter what the grounds for divorce, we understand that this is a difficult situation, which is why we are here to help. Our attorneys have been protecting the rights of families across Central Texas since 1976. We serve Family Law clients in Bell, Coryell, Lampasas, Milam, Williamson and Travis Counties.
- Written by Jill Fowler