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January is a popular month for divorces in Massachusetts

January is the month of the New Year's resolution. Many across Massachusetts have vowed to join a gym and get healthy or quit smoking in hopes of achieving their goal this year. On the flip side, many swear that January is also "divorce month." It is believed that with all the New Year's resolutions also comes time for emotional cleaning and organizing- hence divorce.

While divorce of course occurs year-round, an analysis of national divorce filings between 2008 and 2011 by legal information website found a spike in January for divorce. Following that was a gradual rise in divorces until a peak in late March. It is thought that the holidays that precede the New Year are a time when divorce decisions are put on the back burner, so to speak. Once the holidays are over, then the time comes for couples to reevaluate their marriage.

Along with divorce, a Sharon psychologist also noted that many couples seek help with their marriage this time of year. It is believed that although this may be a time of change when couples believe they may have to move on from their marriage, it can also be a time of repair. A couple can assess their marriage and fix what needs improvement at any time of the year. However, if that change is in fact divorce, then it is best that the couples explore their separation and dissolution options.

As January draws to a close, couples who are contemplating divorce should consider all of their options for change in the New Year. It is important to consider that divorce could potentially mean some type of financial dispute between spouses. If a couple can communicate their needs clearly, then they may be able to prioritize in order to get the fairest outcome for both couples. It is not an overnight decision and often requires significant thought.

Source: The Boston Globe, "January is divorce month," Ami Albernaz, Jan. 19, 2015

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