January is often referred to as divorce month. Once the holiday season ends, one or both unhappy spouses may question whether divorce is imminent.
According to a recent post on Business Insider, there is a significant spike in divorce filings in the month of January, which continues into March each year. Many couples in troubled marriages will push their differences aside during the holidays so they do not interrupt family traditions and celebrations. When the season ends and the initial problems remain, one party will often seeks the counsel of a divorce lawyer to see what their options are if they decide to divorce.
Consider the Emotional and Financial Costs of Divorce
The emotional cost of a divorce is often the highest price that the couple endures. The stress of dividing property and deciding alimony or child custody issues can be overwhelming, and lead to prolonged legal proceedings. Those that inquire about a possible divorce in January often commit to the process in February and March, which are the months wherein divorce filings peak. Before doing so, a divorce lawyer will often advise couples to take time to carefully decide if this is the best course of action. For most couples, there are tell tale signs that lead up to one or both spouses deciding that divorce is a viable option.
Warning Signs That Can Lead to Divorce
Lack of communication between marital partners often leads to a breakdown in the emotional commitment to the marriage. When one or both partners fail to discuss issues in their daily lives, it may become very difficult for them to work through other problems that affect the marriage. Trust can be broken when communication breaks down as each spouse assumes what the other is doing or thinking. When this happens, couples may harbor resentment and anger toward each other that completely dissolves the relationship.
Money problems are a common issue in divorce filings. When one partner is the bread winner, they may feel undue pressure, or develop feelings of resentment that their spouse is not doing more to help ease the burden. Spending patterns often lead to problems if one spouse is frugal and practical, yet the other is impulsive and irresponsible with the finances.
Children are one of the greatest blessings of a marital union, but the pressures of parenthood can be overwhelming for certain married couples. Differences in discipline issues, the stress of sharing parental duties, and a lack of compromise and respect for each spouse’s parental expectations can cause undue stress and emotional turmoil. For some, these pressures escalate during the holidays and lead to the final decision to divorce early in the new year.
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