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More divorces are filed in January than any other month, according to court records and anecdotal evidence from divorce attorneys. Couples are often reluctant to break up the marriage (and the family, if children are still at home) during the Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year's Day holidays, and once the holiday season is over, divorce may seem easier to deal with.
Famed divorce attorney Raoul Felder, based in New York City, recently told the New York Post that his work schedule is so jammed with clients seeking a divorce in January that he has appointments every day long into the evening. Divorce lawyer Sue Moss put it most succinctly: "It's like tax season for us... December is dead, and then as soon as the ball drops, the phone starts ringing, and it doesn't stop".
According to reports, there are several factors that lead to the spike in divorce rates at the beginning of the year. Among them are:
Officials have noted that January 2009 seems poised to be a month of more divorces than ever, based on the faltering economy and credit crunch that are putting extra stress on hundreds of thousands of married couples across the U.S. Indeed, several divorce lawyers have voiced their opinion that this January will be the season of an even greater-than-usual number of divorce filings.
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