The holidays all seem to come in a row. You start with Halloween, transition into Thanksgiving, and then move toward Christmas and Hanukkah. After that comes the start of the New Year, which is basically two days of celebration — New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Do you know what comes next? If you said Valentine’s Day, in February, you’ve skipped over an important one. On January 4, 2021, many couples arrive upon Divorce Day.
What is Divorce Day?
All right, so that’s obviously not a real holiday, but it is one that people talk about. And some have unofficially dubbed the first back-to-work Monday after the New Year as Divorce Day, since it is the day on which divorce cases rise meteorically in the United States. That sudden spike has made the day stand out, and it tends to happen every year.
Why is this? There are a lot of reasons, but the biggest one is just that people tend to avoid divorce around Christmas. Maybe they have children, and they don’t want to spoil the holidays. Maybe they know they’ll see extended family members, and they don’t want to have the same divorce conversation over and over again.
Whatever the reason, divorce rates drop to their lowest in December, but that doesn’t mean couples do not want to split up. They’re just putting it off. By the time Divorce Day rolls around, they’ve gotten through that major string of holidays and it’s time to end the marriage.
Do you think that you’ll file for divorce on Divorce Day or shortly thereafter? You’re not alone, and you need to know how to proceed. An experienced family law attorney can provide valuable guidance.