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 7.
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.
But while some couples wait until the festive season is over to begin divorce proceedings, many couples start the process amid Christmas and New Year’s.
“Over the last two or three years, I’ve noticed that people even inquire a little bit earlier between Christmas and New Year,” head of family law at Slater & Gordon Andrew Newbury told The Independent.