The twelve months of the year each have a few holidays or events they are known for. School starts up in September. Then comes Halloween, and the holiday season is celebrated from November through December.
Residents in Ohio and around the country celebrate the New Year in January. However, findlaw.com, an online legal information and online marketing service for law firms, found that January also could be named "divorce month." The service analyzed divorce filings between 2008 and 2011, and found that divorces increase in January followed by another increase in late March.
The website's study also showed searches for words and phrases related to divorce increased 50 percent from December to January and continued to grow in March as well.
Experts reported that the January increase has varied reasons. It may mean that people don't want to look mean-spirited just before the holidays. Others point out that the spike could be related to money. The end of the year is usually when bonuses are handed out. A portion of the bonus can be claimed as an asset from a spouse. Waiting until January will also not interfere with tax filings for the year before, which most couples jointly file.
Noted psychiatrist and authors, plus a licensed therapist say that the New Year is when people ponder their lives and realize they want more out of life. The therapist also reported that she does receive more phone calls at the beginning of the year after people get through the holidays. They also agree that summertime has a downturn in divorces - this is because it's a season that kids are off from school and families tend to take vacation.
Be very clear on the reasons you want to divorce. There is never really a good time to discuss divorce, however if a person feels it's best to start contemplating it, he or she should seek advice from an experienced attorney.
Source: cnn.com, "In January, 'ex' marks the spot" Sarah LeTrent, Jan. 17, 2014