January signals the start of ‘divorce season,’ according to study
Christmas may have brought yuletide engagements and promises of a better tomorrow, but the harsh dawn of the New Year brings us nothing but bitter realism. According to a new study, January is the start of “divorce season,” the natural counterpart to the “engagement season” that is the Holidays.
CNN looked at the phenomena, finding through a FindLaw study that American divorce filings saw spikes for divorces in January from 2008 to 2011. The peak for divorce season occurs most often in March, leading January to nab the unofficial nickname, “I’m Starting to Research My Options Month.”
But, in addition, internet searches for phrases like “divorce,” “family law,” and “child custody” typically see 50 percent spikes in December and January, so that nickname might not be so far off. And while January may not be the month for divorce (as other publications have indicated), it certainly does serve as the start of spring’s divorce onslaught.
What, though, is causing all the cold feet and second thoughts? Nothing, as it turns out—they likely never stopped in the first place. You guessed it: the holidays simply get in the way of the divorce you’ve been wanting:
"’People don't want to be accused by friends, family that they were heartless right before Christmas," says Miles Mason, a Memphis-based family and divorce lawyer.
‘If somebody is coming to us in January, they made the decision to come see me or a lawyer before the holidays.’”
So, at least we’re overwhelmed enough to be courteous. Be on the lookout come spring, though.