Why is January the Biggest Month for Divorce?

Divorce is a difficult and often painful experience for everyone involved. It can be especially challenging for children, who may feel confused, hurt, and unsure about what the future holds. Despite the challenges, however, divorce is a reality for many people, and it is important to understand the statistics surrounding this event to better understand the experiences of those going through it.

Why January is Divorce Month and More Divorce Facts You Need to Know

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According to the American Psychological Association (APA), the divorce rate in the United States is around 50%. This means that roughly half of all marriages in the country end in divorce. It is worth noting, however, that this figure varies significantly based on several factors, including age, education level, and length of marriage. For example, research has shown that those who marry at a younger age, have less education, and have shorter relationships are more likely to divorce.


There are also some interesting trends in terms of the timing of divorce. While divorce can happen at any time, there are certain months and times of the year that seem to see a higher rate of divorce. For example, often touted as “January divorce month,” we tend to see a spike in the number of people filing for divorce in the new year. This may be due to a variety of factors, including holiday pressures, new year fresh starts, and minimizing tax implications.

3 Top Reasons for Divorcing:

The three top reasons for divorcing are infidelity, lack of communication, and financial issues. Other common reasons for a marriage dissolution include incompatibility, differences in values or beliefs, and a lack of emotional connection. These issues can all contribute to the breakdown of a marriage and ultimately lead to a decision to divorce.

It is important to approach the topic of divorce with compassion and understanding, as those going through it are likely dealing with a range of emotions and challenges. If you are going through a divorce, it is important to remember that you are not alone and that resources and support are available to help you through this difficult time.


One way to find support is through therapy or counseling. A mental health professional can provide a safe and supportive space for you to process your emotions and navigate the challenges of divorce. They can also help you develop coping strategies and build a support network of friends and family who can help you through this difficult time.

Another way to find support is through support groups. Many communities have groups specifically for those going through divorce, which can be a great way to connect with others who are facing similar challenges. These groups can provide a sense of community and belonging and be a valuable source of support and guidance.

There are also online support groups, like our very own Split.fyi Coffee Talk and SOS: Support on Saturdays. When you sign up for an annual membership with us, you gain access to both support groups, in addition to:

  • Our valuable library of divorce resources
  • Exclusive discounts on bookings with vetted divorce professionals
  • Private online forums
  • A weekly Divorce Accountability Hour where you can come to work on your divorce with the help of a Certified Divorce Coach and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, and more

Through January 31, 2023, you can save 50% off an annual membership with code FREEDOM23.

Finally, it is important to remember that divorce is a process, and it can take time to heal and move on. It is okay to take things one day at a time and give yourself space and time to process your emotions and adjust to your new reality. With compassion, understanding, and a commitment to healing and moving forward, you can navigate divorce challenges and build a happy and fulfilling life for yourself.

Looking for more information about the divorce process? Check out these resources:

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Are you are ready to join our online Split.fyi Communitywe would love to have you! We have several experts in there waiting to help. Plus other divorcees you can connect and share stories with. Remember that you are not alone, even though it might feel like it at times. There are always people ready to support you- simply reach out your hand (or finger if you’re scrolling online!)

We get your struggles… We welcome you to visit our  Split.fyi Support hub where we have created an informative and nurturing space using various modalities for you to get educated, emotionally supported and find your way. Our complimentary support groups like Coffee Talk and SOS: Support on Saturdays can be found here, along with many other helpful tools and resources.

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Essential Resources

If you’re facing legal/custody battles, a mental health crisis, an urgent medical issue, serious emotional problems, including suicidal thoughts, please seek help from the appropriate professionals near you.

Suicide hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
Crisis line: 1-800-356-5395
Crisis text line: Text “help” to 741741
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)

Split.fyi Resources
Split.fyi Marital Life Inventory
Divorce Lifecycle Document
Divorce Process Overview


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