Statistics Show Divorce Rates Spike in January

Statistics Show Divorce Rates Spike in January

The divorce rate increases in January, so much so that many divorce lawyers refer to January as “divorce month.”

According to statistics from the website, January has the highest rate of divorces of any month in the year.

Reasons for this, according to the National Review, likely include couples not wanting to put their families through a divorce over the holidays, as well as New Year’s resolutions prompting reconsideration of relationships.

“As soon as New Year’s is over, then they are ready to start a new life and be done with the marriage,” said Tamara Fackrell, a divorce attorney in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Institute for Family Studies provides a chart detailing the divorce rate in each month. January has the highest at 79.3, while December has the lowest at 63.9.

The National Review also provides three reasons for couples to consider not going through with a divorce, particularly if they are considering divorce for reasons that are termed “low-conflict,” meaning there is no violence, domestic abuse, or other glaring issues.

Firstly, couples should consider the grave impact divorce has been shown to have on kids. Secondly, couples should consider that they may be able to work through their issues and time of difficulty, and that they may regret getting divorced if they do so too hastily. Thirdly, financial concerns should be considered before making the decision to get divorced. 


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Publication date: January 16, 2017