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Divorce rates traditionally rise in January

You’ve probably heard people say: “New year, new me.” They often mean that they’ve set some resolutions and want to change their lives. Maybe they want to work out more or lose weight or write that book they’ve been putting off. 

However, many people focus on their fresh start by getting a divorce. Every year, divorce rates tend to rise in January. One reason for this is that people view the start of the new year as a time to make major changes. They may have been thinking about it all year, or at least over the previous fall, but it took reaching that new year to push them into actually taking the next step. 

Skipping over the holidays 

Another reason for the rise in divorce is that the holidays have ended. There are a lot of cases in which people are considering divorce, but they don’t want to move forward with it during the holiday season. They would rather spend time with their families and make sure that their kids have a good time, so they decide to wait to break the news. 

Furthermore, parents must remember that children are home for the Christmas break. This can also make it more complicated to talk about serious adult issues like a divorce. When the kids head back to school in January, that may free up some time for the parents to decide the future of their relationship. 

If you and your spouse decide to get divorced in 2022, take the time to consider the legal steps you need to take and all of your rights, especially if you have children.