January 6th, 2015
With an influx of divorces filed on the first Monday of the month, January is arguably the most popular month to file for divorce.
January 5 has been unofficially dubbed “Divorce Day” in England, and Americans are seeing the same increase in January divorce filings after the holiday season.
“The surge happens on Divorce Monday,” James McLaren, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, tells MarketWatch. “We see a significant increase in people seeking out divorce advice and, ultimately, filing. The number of filings is one-third more than normal. That begins in January and probably goes into early March.”
Currently 1 in 5 U.K. couples plan to divorce after the holidays, according to a recent survey conducted by legal firm Irwin Mitchell. So far this month, divorce filings are up 27 percent, states the report.
McClaren says that many couples are hesitant to split up and disrupt their families during Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas or New Year’s. Additionally, people wait until January to file for divorce due to court closures during the holiday season.
“Those things are very difficult to arrange when there’s only three weeks of court time available,” McClaren states. “You do not want to file a divorce case and be faced with the inability to get into court.”
As per Boston psychotherapist Abby Rodman, many couples feel expectation about the end of the year holidays.
“You convince yourself that it’s only right to give your kids one more holiday season with their family intact, and there’s nothing wrong with that,” says Rodman.
Coincidentally, dating website Match.com reported January 4 to have the highest amount of activity for online dating traffic—which peaked at 8:52pm Eastern Time.
The company typically sees a 38 percent increase in new client registrations between December and January.
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