A new year is a time for new beginnings, and for those trapped in an unhappy marriage, it may be an opportunity to move on to a better future. Many people will start the process of their divorce shortly after the beginning of a new year. January sees a massive uptick in the number of people reaching out to divorce lawyers and filing for divorce with the family court.
Why is January the month when interest in divorce surges?
Many people wait a long time to file
The chances are good that someone filing for divorce in January didn’t make their mind up on New Year’s Eve that this year was the year they would end their marriage. They may have realized some time ago in the fall or early winter that they were unhappy and that divorce was the right step to take.
However, either because they needed time to plan or because they wanted to protect their children from a miserable holiday season, they may have waited for months before finally trying to talk to an attorney.
On the other hand, for some people, the holidays do help them make up their minds about a divorce. Some people may have been on the edge of divorce previously, and a terrible holiday season fraught with financial dishonesty, infidelity or substance abuse pushed them over the edge. Others may want to avoid yet another year of joint tax filing responsibilities with their ex.
Realizing that you will have a happier and healthier life after your divorce might motivate you to learn more about how Tennessee handles the process.