Why is January Known for Divorce?

January has unofficially been called “divorce month” among family law practitioners across the United States. Divorce cases increase in January for various reasons. A common reason is that many people believe that the start of the year brings new opportunities. Couples who are considering divorce will often wait until after the December holidays to begin the process. In some cases, the stress of the holidays and interactions with in-laws will confirm for a couple that their marriage is beyond repair.

Additionally, there may be financial reasons a couple will wait until January to file for divorce. For example, waiting allows them to file taxes jointly for the previous year. There may also be considerations around insurance coverage and property taxes that make waiting until January financially sensible. It is important to note that alimony cannot be deducted from taxes.

Is January the Best Time to File for Divorce?

Sometimes, the holidays and visits with in-laws can cause undue stress in a marriage. Holiday spending can put a strain on finances as well. It may be prudent for couples to wait a month or two after the holidays to ensure that marriage troubles were not caused by this stressful time. If both agree that the marriage is not salvageable, then proceedings should begin.

Conversely, it is not a good idea to stay in a toxic marriage out of fear of separation during the holidays or for the children’s sake. A toxic or abusive marriage will take its toll any time of year, and it is never too soon to take action to end this type of marriage.

How can an Attorney Help?

An attorney understands the emotional and financial impacts of a divorce. An attorney is beneficial in the following ways:

  • Understands the divorce process and laws.
  • Gathers needed financial information and records.
  • Negotiates for beneficial terms, including alimony, child support, and child custody.
  • Assists with tax and financial implications.
  • Connects children and parents to support resources.
  • Serves as an objective, non-emotional third party working to do what is best for the children and the parents.

How can I Help with the Divorce Process?

The following are some of the best recommendations:

  • Consider therapy. A therapist can help with feelings of anger, guilt, and fear and can provide support for children as well.
  • Be vigilant about health. Divorce is stressful, but each person still needs to take care of their physical and mental health, especially if children are involved.
  • Get support for children. Find support groups or child therapists to help the children.
  • Maintain social ties and a social life. It is important to keep up with people and activities that were enjoyed before the divorce. Life will go on after the divorce, so do not alienate oneself, friends, or family.
  • Be careful with social media. In contentious divorces, it is not a good idea to post publicly about the divorce, the ex-spouse, a new romantic interest, or anything else connected to the divorce.
  • Take the time that is needed to heal. There is no right or wrong way to recover from divorce. Do what is best for the children and oneself, seek resources to help, and let an attorney manage the legal process.

Delaware County Family Law Attorneys at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello Provide Support to Divorcing Couples

Understanding the divorce process can be stressful, but a Delaware County family law attorney at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello can help. Call us at 610-892-4940 or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in Media, Pennsylvania, we serve clients throughout Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Lancaster, Montgomery County, Norristown, Philadelphia, Reading, and West Chester, Pennsylvania.