Divorce Day: The Popular Day For Divorce Filings

Popular Day for Divorce Filings

The end of the holidays means you don’t have to pretend to be in a happy marriage. The first Monday of the new year has come to be known as #DivorceDay because of the large number of divorce filings.

Married couples often keep it together for the sake of the family during the holidays, but come the new year on the first business day in January – divorce papers are filed. Divorce attorneys have their best month every January with a steady stream of clients throughout the month.

According to Market Watch in 2012, divorce filings jumped by one-third in January. For obvious reasons, people look to the new year as a fresh start and seek to improve their lives. James McLaren, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and partner at McLaren & Lee, a legal firm in Columbia, S.C., told Market Watch the surge happens on Divorce Monday

“We see a significant increase in people seeking out divorce advice and, ultimately, filing,” he told Market Watch. “The number of filings is one-third more than normal. That begins in January and probably goes into early March.”

A similar surge also happens across the pond in the United Kingdom. UK’s biggest relationship charity, Relate, revealed their peak call time is in January after the holidays or specifically Christmas activities which may break the camel’s back for many relationships.