Forget about January being “divorce month” – What works for you?

On Behalf of | Nov 22, 2021 | Family Law

If you’ve begun seriously considering divorce and starting to do a little research, you may have seen that January has a reputation for being “divorce month.” The idea behind that is that many couples put off divorce until after the holidays are over or maybe hope that they can repair their marriage with a little more family time. However, despite what the movies have always told us, more family togetherness or even alone time as a couple doesn’t typically repair an irretrievably broken relationship.

While January may be a busier month for family law attorneys than November and December, at least one study has found that March is more likely to be the month when couples actually take the first legal steps toward ending their marriage. 

Consider all the variables

The fact is that there are a lot of variables that determine when someone files for divorce. Some states require that a couple live apart for a specified period before they can file. Here in Indiana, the only timing requirements are that the final divorce can’t occur earlier than 60 days after the filing, and at least one spouse must have been a resident of the state for no less than six months.

August is another month when there are a lot of divorce filings. It’s been hypothesized that just as parents may want their kids to enjoy one last holiday season with the two of them together, they may want them to have one last family summer vacation together.

Every couple has their own unique considerations for when filing for divorce is best for them and their family. The important thing is to make sure that you’re as prepared as possible for what lies ahead and that you have experienced legal guidance to help you through the process.