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When is the most popular time to divorce in Massachusetts?

If you're wondering which time of year ends up being the one with the most divorces, you probably aren't alone. It would seem that winter is when most people decide to cut themselves loose. Why is that? It could be the cold in some areas resulting in more stress and fewer chances to get outdoors or away from home, or maybe the couples are being forced to stay in close quarters more often visiting family, causing additional stress. Whatever the reason, it's been found that January is the month to watch out for.

One reason may be because those who were planning for divorce earlier in the year use January as a kick-off point for a new year. For instance, if you've ever caught yourself saying you'd start the new year off right, then you probably understand the concept. Divorcing at the first of the year means a fresh start for the next year, something New Year's Eve and New Year's Day have come to represent.

Others suggest that it could be because those struggling with a relationship may wait through the holidays, trying to make them more enjoyable for everyone from children to in-laws. It could also be because students head back to school, giving parents more time to speak with attorneys and to move forward with the divorce without children being around to witness the worst of it.

In 2014, 23,457 divorces were filed in Massachusetts. Regardless of the reason for those divorces, knowing what needs to happen can make everything go smoothly. While more divorces tend to happen after holidays and when students are on breaks from school, there is no difference when it comes to what happens. No time is particularly good or bad for a divorce, so knowing what will happen and planning accordingly can take some of the stress off you.

Source: News Telegram, "No January thaw for couples getting divorced" Craig S. Semon, accessed Jan. 14, 2015

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