Divorce Filings Skyrocket After New Year - The Monday after New Year’s has become known as Divorce Day
January 3, 2011 – Albany, N.Y. – We like to think of the New Year as a time for fresh starts and new beginnings. For some, that means ending an unhappy marriage. That is why the Monday after New Year’s has become known as “Divorce Day” because of the influx of people calling divorce attorneys and marriage counselors.
Tully Rinckey Partner, Barbara J. King, who has practiced Family and Matrimonial law for more than 20 years, believes several factors contribute to the rise in divorce cases following the New Year. “Couples are often forced to spend a lot of time together over the holidays,” King says. “If the marriage is already on the rocks, that extra time together can bring problems to the surface.”
King says couples with children are also reluctant to divorce prior to the holidays for fear of spoiling what should be a happy time for kids. “Who wants to leave their children with a miserable memory of the holidays?” Once the New Year has passed, the lull in holidays and events makes it easier to get a divorce on track.
Financial problems are one of the most common reasons why couples split. “Let’s face it, the holidays aren’t exactly cheap,” says King. “A couple’s finances usually get worse during the holidays and the added stress over money can complicate even the best relationships.” In addition, anticipating tax refunds are often the source of down payments on legal fees.