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Divorce is more likely in January

In the middle of January, are you more likely to get divorced? Why do people call it "Divorce Month?"

The truth is simple: Divorce filings go up in January. It is more likely you'll get divorced this month than it was in December. It's called Divorce Month because this consistently happens, year after year.

Why does it happen? For many, January represents a fresh start. That's why people set New Year's resolutions. They try to figure out how to make this year better than the last. For some, that means ending a marriage and starting over.

For others, they just want to avoid the holiday divorce. They don't want to go to Christmas parties and talk about splitting up to their friends and family. They don't want to take away from the magic of the season for their kids. They wanted to get divorced before the new year, but they decided to wait on purpose.

For still others, they saw the end of the last year as one more chance to make things work. With time off from work and school, they tried to enjoy the holidays and see if it could spark the marriage. If not, their last effort failed, and they decided to get divorced.

These are just three reasons; there are countless more, and everyone has their own reason for getting divorced. It just happens more in January than it does at the end of the last year. If you decide that it is time to end your marriage, you need to know exactly what legal steps to take.

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