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“Divorce Day,” Couples Split After Holidays

Forget the rush to the alter, it’s a rush to the phone to call a divorce attorney, as experts dub the Monday after New Year’s as “Divorce Day.”

“Seems kind of off but yeah that makes sense. It’s a new year, might as well get stuff done,” says one Albany man.

“New Years resolutions,” says Marie Curley, of Albany.

“They probably say I’ll wait until the holidays are done and that’s it,” says Sarah Duncan, of Albany.

Attorney Barbara King, with the law firm Tully Rinckey, says her office definitely sees a jump in calls this time of year. She says for some, spending too much time together during the holidays can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

King says some couples will wait until after the holidays for the sake of their children. Others wait out the year for financial reasons. With all of the shopping going on, King says a tax refund may be the only way to afford a lawyer. “They could be seeing $6,000 in a tax refund coming back. That’s certainly a nice cash influx to get started,” said King.

Of course you can’t help but wonder if those New Year’s resolutions play a role. As callous as it may sound, some say it’s a deadline for change.

“Maybe start the new year off fresh,” says Mel Palmer, of Schenectady. “Get rid of the old, come in with the new!”

On a more positive note, the holidays continue to be a very popular time for getting engaged. Several celebrities this season, including Reese Witherspoon and Natalie Portman, have made plans to tie the knot.


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