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Why Do Divorce Rates Tend to Spike in January?

Here in the United States, between 40 and 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. While thousands of couples file every month, there’s one that stands out amongst the rest.

Year after year, January has seen a spike in divorce filings, causing it to be unofficially dubbed “divorce month.”

Why Do So Many People Choose to Divorce in January?

Waiting until the holidays are over.

Very few couples want to file for divorce in the fall because the holidays are just around the corner and they don’t want to talk about their divorce at family gatherings. Parents also don’t want to “spoil” the holidays for their children by announcing that they’re getting a divorce.

The holidays are also a hectic time for families, so many couples don’t want to add a complicated divorce to their already busy schedules.

The New Year inspires change.

January is a time for reflecting on the past and planning for the future. For many people who have been considering divorce, the New Year can act as a sign that now is the time to take charge of their future and start fresh.

Tax issues.

Divorce will have an effect on every aspect of your life, including your finances and taxes. Your marital status on the last day of the year is what determines your choices on how to file your taxes.

Other issues, like healthcare, also need to be factored into a couple’s decision about when to file. Many people lose their spouse’s healthcare after a divorce, so they may want to wait until the year has ended to file.

Are you considering filing for divorce this year? Our Colorado Springs arbitrator would be happy to review your case during a free consultation and determine if mediation, arbitration, or a combination of both is the right choice to help you achieve your goals.

Call Peak Mediation at (719) 259-5944 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with an arbitrator in Colorado Springs.