04 Feb Navigating the Divorce Month Hangover
You won’t find it on any holiday calendar, but in the legal field, January is the unofficial “divorce month.” Just like most other divorce attorneys, at the Law Offices of Jeffrey M. Bloom, there’s an increase in consultations and new clients every January because the holidays have come to a close. Many couples choose to “stick it out” through the winter holidays, especially if they have children, but with a new year—and new decade—comes a renewed commitment to doing what’s best for you.
Divorce month is even backed up by statistics. The University of Washington found that divorce filings increase every January. According to the findings, divorces from 2001 – 2015 in Washington state indicated that there were routinely higher divorce rates during January compared to other months.
Google Trends found similar results in other states, noting that the week of January 6 – 12 was particularly peak divorce season. CPAs and other tax professionals also back up this trend, encouraging clients to wait until the new year if they can to maximize certain tax breaks or sidestep incoming legislation that might negatively affect divorced couples.
Don’t Be Tardy for the (Divorce) Party
Consulting a divorce attorney or actually filing those divorce papers is one of many big steps to starting your new life. Along with divorce filings rising in January, Pinterest has revealed that the search term “divorce party” also increases 21% every January compared to December. A divorce party is an increasingly popular method to celebrate the good that can come from a divorce, and rallying your friends around you is a fantastic way to make this challenging point in your life a little easier.
It’s important to remember that while every divorce can be difficult, there’s a reason why you’re taking this step. The start of a new year can be a much-needed reminder that you deserve a fresh start and an end to unhealthy relationships or a marriage you’ve simply outgrown. Parting ways can be the healthiest, best thing you can do for yourself and any children involved.
Misguided Holiday Magic
There are many reasons couples choose to put off divorce until after the holidays. Staying together for the kids just a little bit longer, not seeing the timing as culturally appropriate (depending on your faith or beliefs), and the simple logistical issue that it can be difficult to get an appointment with some divorce attorney practices are all legitimate reasons to wait until January.
However, there’s also the persistent idea that the holidays are a magical time to patch up a relationship. A lot of people have high, idealistic hopes during the holiday season regardless of how damaging their marriage is—it’s easy to get wrapped up in the holiday spirit, but January is a big dose of reality.
Did You Decide to File for Divorce in 2020?
The first expert you should get on your side is a qualified divorce attorney. It’s critical to surround yourself with a diverse support network during your divorce, including experts in a variety of fields. Many people benefit from also working with a therapist or a support group during and after divorce proceedings. Instilling some self-care into your routine can help alleviate some of the stress associated with a divorce.
Throughout the divorce process, your lawyer will work with you to decide the best parenting and financial planning and goals for you and your family. Tax implications do play a role, as can new legislation. Know that your divorce lawyer is working for you, but the more you know and understand the legal process, the less stress you’re likely to experience. A good divorce attorney will explain the process in full and make sure you understand every step.
If you’ve been thinking about divorce or are ready to take the next step and file, it’s time to get a divorce attorney on your side. Even the most amicable of divorces have challenges, and the right attorney can make all the difference. Call the Law Offices of Jeffrey M. Bloom today at 855-208-3650 and get ready to make 2020 the year of positive changes.