Winter Months See Uptick in Divorce Filings

Winter Months See Uptick in Divorce Filings

February 10, 2015

The winter season is known for a lot of things. Of course the cold and snowy weather is one of the first things that comes to mind. Another annual ritual seems to be the act of setting goals or resolutions, including joining a gym or starting an exercise program. In any case, what winter means to each individual person is probably a little different, but one thing that apparently is common amongst a lot of individuals during these winter months is divorce.

Yes, it seems that divorce is something that increases in January and continues to rise throughout the winter months until it usually reaches its peak in late March, just as spring kicks in. In fact, according to statistics gathered all over the country from divorce attorneys, the number of divorce filings saw an uptick in January between 2008 and 2011. There are several possible factors and reasons that January sees an increase in filings every year.

According to several attorneys, one factor is the holidays. Many couples with children don’t want to start that process during the holidays so they wait instead until life gets back to normal when the break is over and the kids are back in school. Another common reason mentioned by attorneys simply has to do with the timing. Many people take a life inventory at the end of each year and make important decisions as they create a plan for the coming year. For those in a dysfunctional marriage, that often includes a decision to start the year fresh by filing for divorce.

Economics are another factor that can play a role in the timing of divorce. As reports of an improving economy increase, some people who may have already been contemplating divorce, might feel more empowered with an improving financial outlook and decide that now is the right time to end their marriage. Deciding to get a divorce is usually not an easy decision and it’s one that should be made with a lot of thought and contemplation, no matter what time of year it is.

If you are contemplating divorce at this time and you aren’t sure yet if divorce is the answer, then now might be a good time to visit with an attorney to discuss your possibilities. If you do decide to file for divorce, then you will already have someone that knows your situation and who can help you continue the process. At The Bellinger Law Office, we are here to help you with all of those difficult decisions. We want you to make the best choices for you and if that includes divorce we can help you get through the process. Contact us online today or give us a call at 260-428-2214.

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