Alabama divorce lawyers and other experts say that the turn of the year is an increasingly popular time to seek a divorce. There are a number of factors that contribute to this surge in divorce filings, but many of them are related to the surrounding holiday season. Lawyers and even Google searches bear out the claim that divorce is more common in January. In fact, even as overall divorce rates drop, an annual spike in January continues to point to the month’s reputation as “Divorce Month.”
For many parents, the winter holidays can be an important season. They may want their kids to enjoy one last holiday season without associating it with their parents’ separation. They know that in the future their children will need to go back and forth on holidays from one home to another and want to give them one more holiday together, especially if they are concerned about how the decision will affect their children emotionally. Other people may be affected by a negative holiday season. They may find that the constant interactions with family and busy schedules that are part of the winter season lead to escalated disputes or serious conflicts, highlighting their reasons to end their marriage.
For others, New Year’s Day is the most relevant holiday. Like people following up on resolutions to exercise more or eat more healthily, some people may want to end an unhappy relationship by filing for divorce along with the new year. As a time of renewal, people may be prompted to make the changes they want to see in their lives.
People going through divorce at any time of year may deal with significant emotional, legal and financial concerns throughout the process. A family law attorney may provide advice and guidance about property division, spousal support, child custody and other legal matters.