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Why is January considered, "Divorce Month?"

The holidays are behind us, but a shaky marriage is still on the ropes. It comes as no surprise that January is considered by many to be "Divorce Month," as spouses enter the near year with the realization that the marriage is not sustainable. With the new year, many spouses vow to make a change to start over, often meaning divorce for unhappy couples.

The holiday season often plays a significant role in determine the fate of a marriage. Struggling couples often try to work things out not only for their own sakes, but for their children, family and friends as well. But as the holidays pass, it is not uncommon for couples to come to the realization that the marriage was simply not meant to be. The holidays also offer fewer days to arrange hearings in court.

According to the President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the rate of divorce is three times higher in the month of January, and this rise often extends through March. This trend extends beyond the United States as well, with one in five couples planning to divorce after the holidays in the U.K. as well, according to a recent poll.

There are many factors that must be taken under consideration and determined during the process of a divorce including property division, possibly alimony or spousal support, and if children are involved child support and child custody. These are often not easy decisions to make, and it is often wise to seek professional advice and representation to assure that your best interests and wishes are met.

Source: MarketWatch, "Why January is a popular month to file for divorce," By Quentin Fottrell, Jan. 6, 2015

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