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Divorce Month and the Reason(s) for the Season

January is not only the start of a new year, but also the start of the busiest divorce season.

There are more divorces from January through March than any other time of year, according to this Pittsburg Post-Gazette article. So many divorces occur during this three-month span that each January, February and March have been referred to as “divorce month” at some point in time. Obviously, there is some disagreement as to which month sees the highest number of divorces.

Reason(s) for the Season

There are a number of reasons couples begin calling it quits in January. The following reasons are those California divorce attorney John Griffith sees blamed most often.

  • Get through the holidays – Sticking out the holiday season even when divorce seems inevitable is common among couples with children. 
  • Holidays worsened problems – The holiday season isn’t pleasant and relaxing for everyone, especially struggling couples. Shopping for someone you are fighting with, putting on a fake smile at Christmas parties, and visiting with in-laws can exasperate ill feelings that can come to a head at the beginning of the new year.
  • Can’t fathom another year together – The new year is a time to take inventory of your past year and resolve to make changes that will hopefully make the next year even better. If you just endured a year with a spouse who makes you unhappy, the last thing you want to do is sign up for another 365 days of misery. So many people don’t.
  • Tax money – Many couples will wait until the new year to divorce so they can file their taxes and have a little extra money to fund the split.

 As bleak as this news may be, we have good news. Statistics shared in this article prove that divorce rates are on the decline.

Reasons cited for this phenomenon include:

  • Later marriages – It’s great to wait…until you are more mature, that is.
  • Birth control – Fewer marriages because “it’s the right thing to do.”
  • The rise of love marriages – Women are now less likely to choose spouses based on their bread-winning abilities, and more for their true connection.
  • Education – College educated couples are more likely to be financially stable and avoid money troubles that tear many couples apart.

Stay tuned, as our next blog will reveal the secret to making your spouse support your New Year’s resolution – it just might help a floundering marriage stay afloat in the new year.



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Family Attorney John N. Griffith, CFLS
Family Attorney John N. Griffith, CFLS

Family Attorney, John N. Griffith, CFLS

John Griffith has practiced exclusively in the area of family law since 2009. John is a Certified Family Law Specialist certified as an expert in the area of family law by the California Board of Legal Specialization.


Family Attorney, Catie E. Young, ESQ.
Family Attorney, Catie E. Young, ESQ.

Family Attorney, Catie E. Young, ESQ.

San Diego family lawyer Catie Young has a wide range of litigation experience. She has worked in civil litigation. She has successfully represented clients in many areas of family law including child support, child custody, divorce and domestic violence. She has a unique approach to each child custody case, so clients of Griffith, Young & Lass tend to gravitate toward her in these cases.


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Family Attorney Amy J. Lass, Esq.

Family Attorney, Amy J. Lass, Esq.

Amy Lass was born in New York and raised in San Diego, California. Amy graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2003 with a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Enterprise Accounting and went on to earn her law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and graduated cum laude in 2006. Amy takes a practical and cost considerate approach to the process while striving to balance the emotional needs and objectives of her clients.


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Discovery of Assets & Obligations (1-3 months)
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