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Here is why so many people get divorced in January

It may be hard to believe, but the new year is almost here. As people prepare to say hello to 2019, they may need to say farewell to a failing marriage. According to recent statistics, there is an increase in divorce filings in January. This causes some people to refer to January as "divorce month."

But why do so many couples make ending their marriages part of their New Year resolutions? Here are some reasons why couples decide to split up after they ring in the new year.

A desire to start fresh

The new year always comes with the desire to improve; people make resolutions to make their lives better and more fulfilling. While that may mean stepping on the treadmill or cutting back on sweets for some, it means serving divorce papers for others. If someone is in an unhealthy and unhappy marriage, he or she may decide the new year is the perfect time to start a new life. 

Waiting until after the holidays

People do not often make the decision to divorce overnight. It is something they consider and mull over for quite some time. If a marriage is not doing well, one person may want to split up, but not during the holidays. Some wait until the new year rolls around, especially if they have kids. This helps families have one last celebration together as a single unit. 

Financial arguments

The holidays can be ridiculously expensive. Arguments about money are a main contributor to divorce in general, but especially after the holidays. Couples may start bickering about how much is being spent on gifts or decorations. Overspending during the holidays may be the last straw for some couples. 

Getting a divorce may not be the most enjoyable way to celebrate a new year, but it is a common decision for many Americans. If you have questions about the divorce process, speak with an experienced family law attorney.

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