What is the Most Common Time of Year to File for Divorce?

Every case of divorce is different from the one before it. While this is true, research shows that there are specific times of the year when a spouse is more likely to file for divorce. Trends demonstrate that divorce rates go down towards the end of the year and begin to rise once the new year begins. This has caused the month of January to be nicknamed “Divorce Month.” Couples who are going through a divorce should retain the services of an experienced New Jersey divorce attorney for guidance during this time.

Why is January a Common Time to File for Divorce?

In 2019, a Google Trend showed that the search for “divorce” was most popular from January 6 to January 12. People often use the beginning of the year to start new and change their life by knocking any bad habits to have a fresh start. This can be seen not just in day to day activities, but divorce as well. There are many cases in which a spouse’s new year’s resolution is to get out of an unhappy marriage in order to better their life. 

Spouses may also choose to not file for divorce at the end of the year due to the holiday season. This time of year often brings certain expectations of happy times. If these expectations are not met, it can lead spouses to file for divorce once the festivities end in the new year. In addition to this, couples who have a family usually do not want to ruin the season and let their children have one last holiday season together.

Other Common Times to File

Research regarding the timing of divorce also shows a small spike in divorce filings during summer as well. Many couples choose to file for divorce in the months of July and August as well. This is sometimes the case when parents want to end a bad marriage before their kids begin a new school year. This gives them the chance to find a new home and even change their children’s school districts instead of doing so in the middle of the year. 

If you are considering filing for divorce, it is important to remember that it is your own decision to do so. It is a sensitive matter in your life that should not be influenced by any outside factors of other couples’ lives. It is because of this that you should make the decision when you are ready and the time is right for you. 

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