The highest divorce rates are in January, why is this?

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New research from Richard Nelson solicitors has found that searches for ‘I want a divorce‘ rose by 230 per cent in the first week of January 2020 compared to December 2019 so Is January the divorce season? There are many reasons why people divorce during this time, some people wait till the holidays are over so they don’t interrupt the special family time. January is also seen as the time that people have new beginnings and divorce is on the forefront of people’s minds. You could even link the correlation between rising divorce rates and rising cases of depression during the cold months. But what are the statistics behind this? 

Studies from the BMC public health journal show that hazard of divorce was significantly higher in couples with one mentally distressed partner than in couples with no mental distress in all analysis and the results for divorce was even higher when both couples suffered from mental illness. So could the fact that numbers of SAD are higher in January have an effect on divorce? If this is one of the reasons, then you wonder if during these trying winter months should you stick it out with your partner and wait to decide when you are happier in summer months. 

Children always come first to most couples, which is why you might consider waiting till the holidays like thanks giving, halloween, bonfire night and christmas are over so your children aren’t unhappy during what are meant to be their happiest times. Some couples forfeit and stay with their partner for their children forever, never mind delaying the divorce! 


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