The low point of the year for divorce cases is always December. The rate tends to drop all fall, as people want to avoid being in the midst of divorce during the holidays. No one wants to file for divorce on Christmas. Many couples who know they’re going to split up, even if they make the decision earlier in the year, will stay together through the holidays — especially if they have kids.
What this means, though, is that divorce always rises dramatically after the holidays end. Part of the reason for this is just that people were waiting. It’s not always that more couples want to split up, but that you combine the statistics of those who decide to divorce after Christmas and those who decided before but then waited to do so.
How the holidays can lead to more divorces
The holidays themselves could play a role, though. They can bring on a lot of stress and family time. A couple that was just basically staying together because they were spending time apart, at work or with friends, may decide to end things after being together more for the holidays.
On the other side of the coin, there are couples that hope the joy of the holidays can save their struggling marriage. They put off divorce to see if things get better. If they don’t, though, they’re ready to split up with the holiday season behind them.
If you decide to end your marriage, make sure you know what legal steps to take. An experienced family law attorney can help you.