The holidays are a notoriously difficult time to get through for many families. There is Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, which then many times leads to a phone call to an attorney on “Divorce Day.” Divorce Day is generally the first Monday following the holiday break. However, the entire month of January tends to be the busiest for divorce attorneys.
The reasons for the relationship breakdowns are not surprising. While many married couples experience problems in their marriage, those going through severe strain generally end things right before or right after the holidays. It is considered a make or break period. “People take stock of their life at the new year, and it’s tempting to make one of their New Year’s resolutions include getting rid of their spouse, if they have been miserable in their marriage,” Carole Lieberman, a Beverly Hills psychiatrist and relationship expert, told the Chicago Tribune.
Besides the normal family pressures that come with the holidays, financial strain is also felt most significantly this time of year. Conflicts over finances are the biggest issue that divorce attorneys see as causing the breakdown in the relationship and these matters are brought to the forefront during the holidays. Many people bust their budgets with gifts and traveling around this time without saving-up or otherwise accounting for the excessive spending.
If you are considering contacting a lawyer during this time, make sure they have free consultations and prepare all of your questions in advance!