As the holiday season comes to a close, it seems a new season is just beginning – the season of divorce. It’s Almost “Divorce Month” Over the past years, January has been dubbed “divorce month,” as a result of the surge of divorce filings that arrive every first Monday of the year and continue through the end of the month. While it is impossible to pinpoint the exact reasons why couples decide to end their marriages this time of year, it is clear that the holidays can be a stressful and difficult time for many people.
The Reasons Behind Divorce — There are many factors that could contribute to the increase in divorce filings in January. For some couples, the holidays can bring out unresolved issues and create tension in the marriage. The added stress of the holidays, such as gift–giving, family gatherings, and financial strain, can be too much for some couples to bear. Additionally, the start of a new year can represent a fresh start for many, which may include getting out of an unhappy marriage.
The Impact of COVID–19 — In 2020, the COVID–19 pandemic has had an additional effect on couples. With stay–at–home orders and economic instability, couples may have had to spend more time together than ever before. This can lead to increased stress and strain on the relationship, with some couples having to face the reality that the relationship is not working and that it is time to move on.
Seeking Support During Difficult Times — No matter the reason behind your divorce, this can be an incredibly difficult time. It can be helpful to seek support from family, friends, and even a mental health professional. It is important to remember that you are not alone and that you can get through this difficult period.