Most of us are familiar with Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday, but not many are aware of Divorce Monday. The term refers to the first Monday in January when the filing rate for new divorces soars higher than at any other time of the year.
While many of us are resuming our daily lives post holiday, others are heading to a divorce lawyer. According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, new divorce filings jump as much as one-third in the period stretching from January through March. But why does the rate of divorce filings increase so drastically in January?
The holidays bring families and friends together and expectations for a joyous and memorable holiday season can sometimes lead to profound disappointment. Financial stress, problems with alcohol or drugs, and stress can take a toll on an already troubled marriage. For some, the holidays can be the last straw.
Why do Couples Wait?
In some cases, a couple that is planning to divorce will intentionally wait until after the holiday season to officially file. Their intent may be to protect children and family members from hearing the news during the festivities and celebrations that are common at this time of the year. Waiting until after the New Year could also stem from hope that the magic of the holiday season can repair the relationship. In practical terms, a couple may even be forced to wait until January as the court system and many divorce attorneys are on hiatus during the holiday season.
It is not uncommon for many adults to make New Year’s resolutions intended to get their life in order and start anew. While some of us are planning diets and exercise programs, others are seeking legal counsel that will lead them down a new path in the year ahead. Some will delay filing until January for tax purposes, or to share in a spouse’s holiday bonus they receive each year. Whatever the reason, January is now known as Divorce Month.
The most common advice that we give to clients coming to us this month is to think through their decision and make sure they are not only emotionally ready, but financially ready as well. Divorce is stressful, and filing before making sure that it is the best time to do so can lead to even more stress.
Woodbridge Divorce Lawyers at Lyons & Associates, P.C. Have Experience in all Areas of Family Law
If you or someone you know is considering divorce, the experienced Woodbridge divorce lawyers at Lyons & Associates, P.C. can help. Our team of New Jersey divorce lawyers is committed to making your divorce process as efficient and stress free as possible.
Call us at 908-575-9777, or contact us online to schedule a consultation today. Our offices are located in Somerville, New Jersey and we serve clients throughout South Plainfield, Bridgewater, Somerset, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Morristown, Somerset County, Morris County, and Union County.