If you feel your marriage is heading for divorce, then you are not alone. As the year wraps up and the new year is just around the corner, the divorce rate tends to peak in Alabama. USA Today explains that it is often known as divorce month among those who work in family law because so many divorces start in this month.
While the overall trend is that divorce rates are falling, the trend for January to be a popular month for filing for divorce is still true. There are a few good reasons why you may decide to file for divorce within the first month of the year.
- Waiting until after the holidays
Nobody wants to dim the holiday season by telling everyone they are going to get a divorce. Instead, you hold off until after the holiday season and then make your move. It is completely normal to want to wait, which helps increase the filings in January.
- Want it done by summer
Some divorces take little time from start to finish, but others may take longer. By filing in January, you can almost ensure that it will be final by summer because it gives you about six months. Many people like the idea of being able to move on and start anew in the summer months.
- Desire to start new and improve life
A new year is about new beginnings and making improvements in your life. If you are in an unhappy marriage, one way to turn your life around is to consider divorce. You may be like many people who feel this step is necessary to give you the fresh start you crave.
Whatever reason you may consider filing for divorce in January, just know you are not alone. Expect to hear about other couples following the same path.