January is known as the "the most deadly month for marriages" because it sees the most divorces during any given year. What is the cause for such a huge increase? The reasons why may surprise you.
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The details make it clear that there are some obvioud trends that occur during these January divorce filings.
The New Year holds new opportunities and may be just the reminder someone needs to get their life in order. Some people may decide that their New Year's Resolution is to get out of an unhealthy marriage, leading to January divorce.
Couples with children often feel as though they don't want to disrupt the holidays with a messy divorce. Holding it together through the holidays will often mean that couples will announce their divorce in January, just following New Years.
Of course, not every couple is conscientiously waiting for the holidays to pass before they get a divorce. The holiday period has been proven to be the most stressful period of the year--not just emotionally but financially. Many couples who are already on the rocks simply can't make it through another holiday.
Some couples may simply have it planned out. They may want to divorce in the new year for tax reasons or for other financial reasons. Usually, if you are married even a single day of a new year you'll still be able to file as married and collect the benefits of doing so. There are some situations in which this could save a lot of money.
Everyone has their own personal reasons for getting divorced and the timing of divorce, but if you're waiting through the holidays you may want to begin your planning earlier on. In the game of divorce, whoever acts first usually has the upper hand.