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Filings for divorce rise in January

| Nov 24, 2020 | Divorce |

The Christmas holidays are fast approaching and with them, the dawning of a new year. It’s also the time of year when some Wisconsin couples make the difficult decision to file for divorce. The start of a new year has a definite impact on couples deciding to move on from a marriage that is unhappy and unfulfilling, experts say. There are challenges that accompany this life-changing decision and knowing how to get through them is integral for navigating the divorce process positively.

For many years, those in the legal field have noticed that the beginning of a new year brings with it a spike in filings for divorce. In fact, January is often referred to as divorce month with the first Monday in the new year known as National Divorce Day. There are statistics to back up this claim. For instance, in January of last year, internet searches showed that there was a rise in searches for the words divorce and divorce party, while legal websites in which divorce was a component had an increase in traffic.

Perhaps it’s because the holidays have just finished and people perceive the new year as the chance for a new start. It could also be, professionals contend, that the stress and tensions created by the holidays actually might push people over the edge. They are finally able to make a decision when they were not quite there yet.

Some Wisconsin couples considering divorce make that decision in January. But no matter what time of year people make the decision to end their marriages they should have some understanding of the issues that may crop up as part of the divorce process. Those could include things like child custody, child support, spousal support, property division and more.