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January is the Season of Divorce

It’s finally the New Year, and we can all collectively breathe a sigh of relief, or can we? For many families, January is the most trying time of the year as they are about to enter into divorce.

Unofficially known as “Divorce Season,” the first months of the year are when we commonly see an uptick in divorce. The holidays are over, and the stress of enduring financial pressures, family tension, and travel stressors have all accumulated into many couples finally saying enough is enough. Add a global pandemic to the mix, and it’s no surprise that divorce numbers spike in the New Year.

Why January?

Every couple is different, but there are some common themes we see in family law when it comes to divorces that occur early in the year. Here are a few of the reasons we hear from clients for choosing to divorce in January:

  • The couple wants to stay together for one more holiday “for the kids.”
  • The New Year sparks self-reflection, which certainly includes evaluating one’s relationship with their spouse.
  • They may see tax benefits to waiting until the New Year to divorce.

For most couples, however, it’s not just the holidays that set them over the edge. The possibility of divorce has likely been boiling under the surface for months or longer, and the stress of the holidays is finally the last straw.

If you have decided that divorce is your only path forward, we are here to help. At the Vasquez de Lara Law Group, we have extensive experience helping our clients navigate Florida family law issues, and we are here for you during this difficult time too. Contact us today to schedule a confidential consultation.


Author Bio

Vanessa Vasquez de Lara is the founder and owner of Vasquez de Lara Law Group, a Miami family law firm. With over 20 years of experience in family law, she has zealously represented clients in various legal matters, including divorces, child support, child custody, alimony, and other family law cases.

Vanessa received her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 2002 and is a member of the Florida Bar Association. She has received numerous accolades for her work, including being named to the 2015 Super Lawyers Rising Stars and the 2016-2023 Super Lawyers list.

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