Many people reserve the first month of the year for setting New Year’s resolutions and kicking bad habits. From the look of things, it seems like individuals in rocky marriages also prefer to file for divorce in January.
Why is this the case? It could boil down to one concern: the festive season. Couples usually don’t want to get divorced during the festivities for the sake of their kids and/or their loved ones more generally. As such, they stay together through the holidays, reserving the challenges and tensions of the divorce process for the start of the new year.
Is it strategic timing?
This timing is usually more symbolic than tactical. Individuals may delay the decision during the holiday season to preserve family appearances, choosing to confront the issue in the new year when the holiday festivities have concluded. With that said, it is possible that certain financial, employment or even tax-related concerns could inspire couples to wait until a new year has begun to make this major life transition.
On the other hand, the holiday season, emphasizing family and togetherness, may, in fact, magnify underlying issues within a relationship, making a January divorce a definite reality. Couples may face intensified unresolved conflicts, reinforcing their decision to part ways as the year ends.
New year, new beginnings
Ultimately, the symbolic significance of the new year can influence individuals to reassess their lives and make resolutions for positive change. For some, this may involve acknowledging that their current relationship no longer aligns with their personal goals, prompting them to seek a new beginning independently. If you may be facing a divorce in the new year, it’s wise to seek legal guidance now so that you can begin proactively safeguarding your interests.