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Five Reasons Divorce Increases After Holidays

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Five Reasons Divorce Increases After HolidaysSurveys and studies have concluded that divorce requests tend to increase following the holiday season. Some call the first Monday after winter break “Divorce Day” because of the sudden influx of divorce filings. A 2016 University of Washington study stated that a consistently above-average number of divorce filings in March can be traced back to the holidays because spouses needed a couple of months to prepare. Why do divorces increase immediately after the holidays? The reason will vary by couple, but researchers have come up with several explanations:

  1. Holiday Delay: Spouses may have known that they were headed for divorce but put off acting on it until after the holidays. Announcing a divorce leading up to the holidays is seen as bad timing, particularly when there are children. The couple may decide to tough it out in order to give the family one last holiday together.
  2. Holding Out Hope: Couples may use the holidays as a last chance to try to salvage their marriages. The holidays are generally a joyous time that brings families closer together. The couple may hope that the holidays will rekindle their passion for each other. When that does not occur, their disappointment may confirm that divorce is their only option.
  3. Exposing Weaknesses: While the holidays are a happy time, they are also filled with stress. Couples spend more time than normal working together to prepare for celebrations or shop for gifts. Flaws that already exist in their relationship may become more apparent because of their increased interaction. After the holidays are over, they may conclude that they are no longer happy being married to each other.
  4. New Year’s Resolution: Couples are unlikely to resolve to get divorced for the new year. However, the start of the new year is when people are most likely to reflect on where they are at in their lives and where they would like to be. In the process, they may realize that they are not satisfied with their marriages and that their relationships are keeping them from pursuing their goals.
  5. Financial Incentives: When couples create prenuptial or postnuptial agreements, they may include triggers that increase one spouse’s financial obligation to the other after a certain number of years have passed. The new year reminds the spouse about the looming deadline and motivates him or her to divorce before the increase starts.

Post-Holiday Blues

Couples have legitimate reasons to divorce after the holidays, but they may be reacting to temporary emotions. A McHenry County divorce attorney at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, can help you decide whether divorce is the right choice. Schedule a free consultation by calling 815-338-3838.



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