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When holiday season ends, divorce season begins

Arizona residents may have heard friends and family members talking about divorce more during January than in other months. If this is the case, it follows a trend that many lawyers see. Statistics show that there is a spike in divorce filings in January after the holiday season.

There are many potential reasons why so many spouses opt for divorce at this time of the year. Some partners have been contemplating divorce for some time, but there's always that one thing that holds them back. November has Thanksgiving, and they don't want to ruin everybody's holiday with talk of divorce. Shortly after Thanksgiving ends, the Christmas season begins, and the last thing that they want to do is ruin another holiday for their children or their family. Some unhappy couples just try to keep it going until the start of the new year.

Truth be told, the holiday season often puts increased pressure on relationships. Once the high of the holidays wears off, real-life kicks back in. Couple that with the fact that January is the month for fresh starts and it's clear to see why many people right after the new year.

Regardless of the time of year divorce is filed, the process can be challenging and messy. Divorce is not something a person wants to go through on their own. A family law attorney could help a client get a better understanding of the process and issues such as property division and property valuation. A divorce attorney could also help a client create child custody and child support payment agreements.

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