Few people in Connecticut may associate the holiday season with divorce. Instead, the winter holidays are often linked to family gatherings and togetherness. However, the holidays may be one major reason why divorce rates consistently rise every year in January. Even as overall national divorce rates show a steady decline, January brings with it a spike in marital dissolutions on an annual basis. People may have different reasons for ending their marriage with the new year, but many of them follow up on holiday celebrations.

For parents of children who are concerned about the emotional effects of divorce, they may not want to spoil their kids’ holiday season by announcing their separation in advance. By waiting until January, they may complete the festive season before making their plans for divorce official. Delaying the divorce an extra month might allow parents to give their children one more holiday together before heading into the territory of joint child custody, visitation or co-parenting. Other couples may find that the heavy schedule of family activities and gatherings during the holiday season highlights ongoing conflicts in the relationship. Clashes over gifts or in-law relationships may lead people to decide that their marriage has come to an end.

Still other people may be inspired to make a change by the dawning of the new year. The turn of the year is often a time of change. Just as people pledge to launch a healthful diet or an exercise program, others may want to action to bring a bad relationship to a close.

A January divorce may also help people to deal with mandatory waiting periods to finalize their separation and plan for the future. A divorce and family law attorney might represent a spouse throughout the divorce process, including addressing matters like property division, spousal support and child custody.