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Why are “New Year’s divorces” so common?

On Behalf of | Dec 19, 2022 | Family Law

You thought everything in your marriage was going well. You spent the last several weeks spending time with your family, seeing old relatives and with your spouse’s relatives. You thought you’d go into the new year refreshed and ready to challenge anything, but are you prepared for a divorce?

The new year is historical for the rise in divorces. It can seem a bit contrary since the year ended with a bang. However, there are a few common reasons for that. Here’s what you should know:

Avoiding heartbreak during the holiday 

It’s often hard for people to think about what they’re doing to their spouse by seeking a divorce. The person they’re divorcing was someone they spend a lot of time with and seeing them hurt can be troubling, especially when people consider what it’ll do to them on the holiday. In other words, people tend to avoid a divorce during the end-of-the-year holidays so everyone can still be happy.

Increased stress during the holiday

While the holidays are often full of good cheer, it’s also a financially and emotionally stressful time. A lot of holidays run back-to-back and some people can’t afford large meals and gifts. So, this can cause couples to fight about how to spend their money. The holidays can also cause a lot of family drama, partially due to financial issues. The fighting can also bring back old trauma – all of which can lead to a divorce.

If you believe a divorce is inevitable after the new year, then you may need to know your legal options.