January is widely regarded as a month of new beginnings, with many Americans choosing to better themselves through New Year’s resolutions to get fit or similar goals. However, Connecticut residents might find themselves unsurprised to note that some experts have also taken to calling January “divorce month.” For some people, bettering themselves may involve re-evaluating their marriage.
Much of the evidence leading to the “divorce month” moniker is admittedly anecdotal. However, recent studies conducted by legal organizations that take into account national trends between 2008 and 2011 have lent more credence to the theory. In general, it appears that divorce filings spike in January and consistently rise to a peak around March before beginning to decline again.
The reasons for this are myriad. The association of the new year with “new beginnings” certainly plays a role in some people’s decisions, but other issues can also compound the process. For example, families with children may choose to wait until after the holiday season to announce or enter a divorce situation in order to spare children upheaval during an otherwise joyful time of year. Even those without children often eschew a divorce until after the tumult of the holiday season and its associated financial and scheduling hardships is behind them.
Of course, there is no right or wrong time to choose to pursue a divorce. However, Connecticut residents thinking of seeking an end to their marriage may benefit from choosing a time that works for both parties, when both have had the time to educate themselves about their rights and responsibilities throughout the divorce process. While few people marry with the intention of filing for divorce, planning for divorce can often be helpful if and when the time comes for action.
Source: The Boston Globe, “Why lawyers say January is “divorce month””, Ami Albernaz, Jan. 19, 2015