People often talk about how common divorce is in the United States. They may say that 50% of marriages end in divorce. This is certainly a disputed statistic and the rates are different from year to year, but it’s an easy way to think about how often divorce happens. It is something that most couples need to keep in mind, even if they absolutely believe they won’t get divorced at all.
But did you know that divorce rates are about to spike? We’re coming up on the part of the year when a divorce becomes far more likely. This isn’t because of any sort of major change, but just because the divorce rates are different from month to month. January is one month in which they are high, while December is a month in which they are very low. All of this averages out to give you the overall divorce rate, but that doesn’t mean that it looks the same throughout the entire year.
Why is January any different?
January is different because it’s the start of a new year. Some people use this to start a new relationship or end one that isn’t working. It can be seen as a fresh start or a resolution.
It’s also different because many people who want to get divorced don’t want to do it in December, so close to the Christmas holiday. This is especially true for parents who are trying to preserve some of that Christmas magic for their children. As such, you’ll have a lot of people procrastinating divorce in November and December, but then they will move forward with the process in January.
In any case, if you and your spouse end up getting divorced in the new year, you need to know about the legal steps to take.