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Increasing rates of divorce in January

Having just gone through the holidays, citizens of Arizona may start experiencing a phenomenon that recurs every January: higher rates of divorce. In fact, the number of divorces increase during January to such a degree that the month has been nicknamed Divorce Month.

This spike in divorce numbers happens for a few of reasons. To start with, most families prefer to postpone monumental decisions such as divorce until after the holidays so that the family can enjoy one last Christmas together. Additionally, the holidays tend to put stress on any relationship, meaning that an already fatigued marriage can buckle under the weight of the holidays. Some families can, under the influence of the holidays, delude themselves into thinking that they can make their relationship work; it's only after the festivities are over that reality starts to sink in again, and all the little problems that were eating at the marriage can start to pop up once more.

Consequently, the new year beckons the end of some relationships, which is not always a bad thing. Sometimes, people need new beginnings, fresh opportunities and the chance to walk away from a toxic relationship. January and the accompanying New Year's resolutions can inspire some couples to file for divorce.

As family lawyers know, divorce can be messy and fraught with emotion for all involved. There are several issues that need to be ironed out, including property division, spousal support, child custody and visitation, and others. Each party in a divorce may wish to find legal representation that can protect his or her best interests.

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