As the holiday season approaches, some couples may not be feeling the festive spirit. In fact, several recent studies suggest that British Columbia residents, along with many other Canadians, are more likely to wait until after the holidays to begin divorce proceedings. While there are many reasons for this decision, attorneys say that “Divorce Day” in the new year is a very real phenomenon.
A study conducted by a law firm in the United States suggested that divorce filings jump by 33 percent right after Christmas is over. The so-called “Divorce Day” is typically the first Monday in the new year, at which point many divorce attorneys find themselves fielding multiple requests to begin filings. This spike in activity typically continues throughout the month of January.
There are many reasons why couples might wait through the holidays to initiate a divorce. For those with children, many do not wish to spoil the holiday experience for their kids. Others hope to rekindle their relationship, a fact often attributed to the “family” oriented feelings associated with the season. Regardless, when the presents have been opened and the carols fade, it becomes time for couples to make important decisions about where their relationship will go moving forward.
Obviously, there are many reasons why British Columbia residents might choose to divorce; the reasons are as varied as the parties involved. Thankfully, no matter the reason, there is a wealth of support available to these couples throughout the holiday season and into the new year. The support of an experienced attorney can turn a difficult holiday into a prosperous new year wherein both spouses can move forward with their individual lives.