A spike in divorce rates during January of each year has become so common that lawyers refer to it as “divorce month”. There are emotional and practical reasons why so many couples choose the beginning of the year to end their marriage, and they revolve around the holidays and taxes. Divorce is not the right answer for every couple, and you should not rush into it based on the time of year, but for those who have considered alternatives and feel certain that divorce is the right choice, a January divorce can make life simpler.
Christmas and January Divorce
Whether it’s just one spouse or both, many choose to wait until after the holidays to begin the divorce process out of courtesy and kindness. This is especially true of couples who have children and want to give them one last Christmas together as a united family, and don’t want the divorce to be a Christmas memory. It also happens when the spouse who is choosing divorce doesn’t want to tell the other spouse during the holidays.
And then there is the ugly side. The holidays can put a huge strain on relationships that are already in trouble. Sometimes the tension and fighting that come with the season are the final straw.
The New Year and A Fresh Start
With New Year’s resolutions and the review of the past year inspires some spouses to take the leap and start fresh with their lives. For those in toxic relationships, it can be the boost that gives them the courage to move on.
If you are considering a January divorce, in South Carolina, please call the Law Office of J. Darrell Beckham, LLC, at 803-364-9111 or email us right away.