January Is A Popular Month For Divorce


When you file your divorce in January, the first holiday you must brace for is Valentine’s Day. The day afterwards, things may be looking better, and nice weather is on the way.

January is a popular month for divorce for people who knew they wanted to divorce and chose to wait until the New Year and avoid the attention during the holidays. There are several benefits to filing for divorce in January. When you plan for your year and commit to the process of a divorce and family law case, you can move forward with a better sense of direction.

The benefits making January a popular month to file for divorce:

  • January calendars are usually light. If you know plan to divorce in January, you can keep your calendar clear and avoid distractions during the initial divorce process. Having extra time to prepare financial and related documents for your divorce lawyer is helpful. If you are contemplating a move because of your divorce, January can be a good time to start looking at a spring move.
  • You can plan for divorcing and the year’s holidays. For those without kids, holiday planning is easy. When you have children and larger families full of cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents, the logistics can be challenging enough without the added process of divorce. The earlier you plan for holidays and remain flexible to accommodate temporary court orders and arrangements the more you may feel in better control of your near future.
  • Initial arrangements are in place before spring. Soon after your divorce is filed there will be a Temporary Orders hearing during which temporary decisions are made and ordered about the placement and care of children, finances and more. When your Temporary Orders hearing is completed during the beginning of the year you should be settled with temporary arrangements in time to enjoy nicer spring weather.

Committing to and planning your divorce filing year

When you file your divorce in January, the first holiday you must brace for is Valentine’s Day. The day afterwards, things may be looking better, and nice weather is on the way. It can be your goal to accomplish your divorce tasks during the first three months of the year. You may be quite busy, but the sense of accomplishment can be worth it.

When you are committed to the process of divorce, you accept and anticipate the anxiety you may face and the conversations you must have with people. With many major life events, the anticipation can outweigh the actual thing.

Cancel all the holidays if you want or make them huge celebrations. Planning your divorce year means deciding how you are going to handle all the holidays. Some people take advantage of an opportunity to be quiet and stay in the background, while others wrap themselves in the support of family and friends. Whatever you chose to do is completely up to you, and for many, this may be a real life change itself.

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