In years past, divorce attorneys have referred to January as “Divorce month” since couples have
traditionally sought out dissolution once the holidays wound down, but new
data shows that March is the true “Divorce month."
FindLaw.com, the internet’s portal to legal advice, which has
over 5 million visitors a month, found that divorce-related searches increased
50 percent in March. People searched for phrases such as “divorce,” “family
law,” and “child custody.” Searches related to divorce have been the number one
search topic on FindLaw.com since February of 2010.
FindLaw.com, in conjunction with Westlaw, a legal research
database, also analyzed divorce filings data between 2008 and 2011. They found
that there is an uptick in divorce filings in January and reaches a peak in
One of the primary reasons that people seek out divorce lawyers in the first moths of
the year is the holidays. Couples may want to spend one last holiday together
as a family and put up a front for their relatives during the season. Couples,
also, often wait until after they file income taxes to file divorce papers.
Depression is a big issue over the holidays and this
sometimes drive people to commit adultery. A study on holiday depression showed
that of the people who cheat on their spouses 56 percent of men and 42 percent
of women have affairs during the holiday season. This contributes to the rise of divorce
filings early in the year.
Divorce is not an easy process emotionally or pragmatically.
Once a person makes up their mind and is certain they want to leave their
marriages they are advised to retain a divorce lawyer to guide them through the process.