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January considered 'Divorce Month'


Rhode Island residents are likely aware of the many designations attached to certain months of the year. These commemorative months range from National Poetry Month to Black History Month, and they usually exist to celebrate certain heritages or art forms. January is being unofficially commemorated for a different reason -- it is now being commonly referred to as "Divorce Month."

Perhaps the moniker is being given to the month because of a website's findings that point to a spike in divorces during January. This spike is followed by a rise in divorce filings that peaks in late March. In addition to the spike in divorce filings, the website also pointed to evidence that divorce-related search terms, like "family law" and "child custody," increased 50% from December to January.

Rhode Island residents may be wondering at this point why there is such a sharp increase in divorce filings in January. Experts offer a number of explanations. One possibility is that couples fear how their families and friends will perceive them, if they divorce during the holidays, so they instead choose to wait until after the New Year. There are also financial considerations -- given that the end of the year is often when people receive holiday bonuses, some couples may want to wait until the New Year, so they can claim the bonus as an asset. Also, by holding off until January, the divorce will not interfere with tax filings from the previous year.

Whatever the reason for divorce, couples often choose to devise a strong divorce strategy in order to maximize the chances of coming to a satisfactory divorce settlement. A strong divorce strategy addresses all of the family law issues in a way that takes into consideration the many legal nuances involved.

Source: CNN, "In January, 'ex' marks the spot," Sarah LeTrent, Jan. 17, 2014

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