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New Year, Newly Single: Why January is Divorce Month

As an experienced divorce and family law attorney in Massachusetts, I've noticed a consistent trend — January seems to be peak season for divorce filings. That's why it's often referred to as "Divorce Month."


After the busy holiday season, many unhappy couples take time to reflect on their relationship and decide to make a fresh start in the new year. The holidays also mean more time together, which can expose cracks in a marriage. Financial stress from holiday spending may be the last straw for some couples.


January is a natural time to begin new chapters — with New Year's resolutions and goals for self-improvement. For those contemplating divorce, filing in January allows time to finalize the divorce before the next holiday season.


The winter weather in January also lends itself to staying in and tackling paperwork! With shorter days and colder temps, people tend to hunker down and get organized. Divorce paperwork and filings fit right in.


From a legal perspective, there are benefits to filing for divorce early in the year:


  • Tax purposes — couples who finalize divorce by December 31 can file taxes as single individuals for that year. This allows each person greater flexibility and possible tax deductions.

  • Custody arrangements — establishing custody, child support and visitation orders early in the year provides stability for children through the school year.

  • Financial clarity — dividing assets and debts with a fresh start to the year provides a clean slate for both parties.


January sees a surge of new clients seeking consultations to understand the divorce process. They want to get informed, organize finances, and file soon after. As an attorney, I make sure clients understand all options — including mediation, collaborative divorce, and other amicable proceedings.


While divorce is never easy, the new year motivates people to make bold moves. With my expertise in family law, I can guide clients through the process. January filings position them for success in the next chapter of life.


If you're considering divorce, it's wise to consult an attorney early on. Call my office today to schedule a consultation. This year, start fresh and embrace new beginnings.


Disclaimer: The content provided in this blog is for informational and educational purposes only. It should not be construed as legal advice and readers should not act upon any information provided without seeking professional legal counsel. The author does not guarantee the completeness or accuracy of the information provided. This blog is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship between the author and the reader.

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