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January is expected to have a spike in divorces in the US

January is approaching and with it comes a busy time of year for divorce attorneys. Divorces pick up speed in January, as many people begin planning for a year where they can get started on a new life. Some people wait to divorce in January because it means their children get one last holiday season with their parents together. Others choose to do so because they can’t imagine spending one more holiday together with their spouse.

January is known as one of the most popular divorce months. It’s not just in the U.S. that this uptick in divorces is seen. It’s also seen in the U.K., where around one in five couples make the decision to divorce following the holiday season. In the United States, attorneys generally see an increase in divorce filings of around 25 to 30% in January.

Anyone in the United States can divorce without giving a reason. This, known as a “no-fault” divorce, gives anyone the opportunity to divorce for any reason. While divorce can be a frustrating and tiresome process, it can also be beneficial for many couples. While the average price of a divorce is around $15,000 in legal fees, that can be reduced if you’re able to work together with your spouse and come to an agreement on child support, custody and property distribution outside court.

If you plan to divorce this coming year, you’re not alone. Your attorney can help you get prepared to file, so you can make the most out of the first month of the year and move forward toward the life you want.