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Why Is January the Busiest Time for Divorces?

Divorce attorneys across the country notice the trends of influx divorce filings year round. Often, January is seen as a “busy month” for divorces. Our Des Moines divorce attorney explains why this is and what it could mean for your divorce.

Reasons People File for Divorce in January

  • End of the holidays — Many spouses, especially those with children, will wait until after the holiday season to file for divorce. Since divorce can be so emotional, the holidays aren’t always the best time to start dissolving a marriage. Instead, spouses will opt to make it through the holiday season together before pulling the plug in January.
  • The start of the New Year – The New Year is a time for reflection and self-improvement. During this fresh start, many people realize that they aren’t happy in their current marriage, or want to fulfill their dreams in other ways. With the start of a new year, many spouses take the opportunity to begin the next chapter of their life and file for divorce.
  • Taxes time – It is common for spouses to wait until their financial matters are in order before they part ways. Many spouses begin the process of a divorce after filing their taxes and securing their financial plans. Once their taxes are filed, they have an entire year to settle their divorce and figure out their new financial situation.

If you and your spouse are contemplating filing for divorce this month, just know that you might not be the only ones. When hiring a Des Moines divorce lawyer, make sure to ask about their current workload and how their experience can impact your case.

Contact The Law Office of Mark R Hinshaw to learn more about our services and how we can help you during the divorce process.

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