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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Happy New Year, I Want A Divorce

Q: Why is divorce so common in the beginning of a new year?

Phoenix family law and divorce attorneys know that divorce is a year-round phenomenon. At any point in the year, an unexpected, unforgivable event or a long thought-out decision will bring routine inquiries of divorce.

But why is January so popular for those getting divorced in Arizona that it’s referred to as “Divorce Month”?

Statistics back up the observation that divorce attorneys’ phones actually do ring more frequently after the new year. In fact, “the number of divorce filings in January is 1/3 higher than normal” according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Reasons people file for divorce after New Year’s Day

Experts point to three reasons why January is a popular divorce month:

  • The “New Year, New Me” mentality: Along with other life-changing New Year’s resolutions like dropping a bad habit or becoming a healthier, happier you, the idea of dropping a bad spouse and getting a fresh start prompts people to seek a divorce in January. Depending on the circumstances, if both parties want to divorce and are open to compromise, divorce mediation might be a good option.
  • Considering the best interest of the children: Parents often postpone filing for divorce until January to give young children a final holiday with their family intact. They may even make an extra effort to make it a happy one for the kids, despite how they may feel towards each other.
  • Strategic financial planning: How marital property is treated in your state may make waiting for the new year to file for divorce a better option. Depending on where you live and your particular circumstances, year-end bonuses and other factors may make waiting to file for divorce until after the new year more beneficial. So, speaking to a divorce attorney and/or a financial advisor may be wise if you want to best time your divorce filing. 

No matter which side of the divorce you are on—the one filing or the one being served with papers—divorce can be devastating. You need a sensitive professional with the skills to negotiate or litigate to get you the best possible outcome, yet the sensitivity to help you through this difficult time in your life.

Contact Cohen Family Law Today

If you are considering filing for divorce or have been served with divorce papers, Cohen Family Law can help you. Contact us today for a free consultation.

From our offices in Phoenix, Arizona, we have been totally focused on helping clients throughout the state navigate their family law issues with a non-judgmental, compassionate, and personal approach since 1982. Let us help you.


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