January is known as the time of new beginnings, but it’s also the time of endings.
Endings to bad habits, endings to procrastination, endings to excuses and sometimes, endings to marriages.
In fact, so many people choose to end their marriage in January, that in parts of the world’s legal communities, it’s known as Divorce Month. There’s even a Divorce Day that falls on the Monday most people and businesses resume work, this year falling on January 8.
Listen: When Chloe Shorten divorced her husband of ten years, telling the kids was the hardest part. She recounts what she said to Mia Freedman, on No Filter.
There’s no one reason for a spike in divorce enquiries legal professionals see, but a whole bunch. According to experts, for some, it’s that three weeks off over Christmas was enough time together to realise something was wrong, or that after going into the break thinking they could fix things, a couple realise they couldn’t. For others, it’s that the stress of the holidays started relationship-ending fights. And then there’s those who, New Year’s resolution-style, decide that this is going to be the year they finally end their marriage.
The Australian Institute of Family Studies explained in the Daily Telegraph because a divorce applications take at least a year to complete, divorces begun in January might be more often completed in later months of the following year.
But before you lose your faith in marriage and love, we do have some good news – overall divorce rates are down.
The most recent figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show divorce rates are much lower than 20 years ago. Unfortunately, a lot of this can be attributed to couples choosing to simply live together over getting hitched. So maybe not so good news after all?