Divorce Rates Tend to Spike in January | Here’s Why

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In recent years, one of the most common divorce trends we have noticed is that divorce tends to spike around the month of January. In fact, divorce rates tend to rise between 20%-30% in the month of January. Of course, there are many theories as to why this is the case, however, many attribute the spike in divorce to the fact that holidays are coming to a close, and spouses do not want their children to associate the holidays with divorce. Though it is not quite January now, if you find yourself in a situation where you are contemplating divorce, please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable New Jersey divorce attorneys to learn more about the divorce process so you can have a better idea of what to expect. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What is the divorce process like in New Jersey?

In many cases, when spouses get divorced and they cannot agree on the terms of their divorce, they will enter the litigation process. In this process, child custody, alimony, child support, equitable distribution, and more will be decided in a courtroom setting by a judge. Of course, many spouses are not especially fond of this notion, which is why, in many cases, they will try other options, such as mediation, first.

Can mediation help me resolve my divorce out of court?

Yes. Even if you are initially in a contested divorce with your spouse, there is a very good chance you can make it uncontested through mediation. Essentially, a divorce mediator is an unbiased third-party that you and your spouse will appoint. The mediator will then work to facilitate productive conversation between you and your spouse to hopefully, civilly work out a compromise regarding divorce terms that both you and your spouse can agree upon. Not only will mediation make it easier for you and your spouse to accept the terms of your divorce, but it will also afford you and your spouse more privacy, as litigation becomes part of the public record, while mediation does not. If you believe that you are ready to begin the process, or you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to speak with our experienced Bergen County divorce attorneys today. We are always here to help.

Contact our experienced Bergen County firm

At Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, our attorneys have extensive experience helping clients to understand and protect their legal rights before, during, and after the divorce process in towns across New Jersey and Bergen County, including Hackensack, Ridgewood, Paramus, Teaneck, and Fort Lee. To speak with our team of divorce lawyers today in a free and confidential consultation regarding your concerns about your divorce, please contact us online, or through our Hackensack, NJ office at (201) 397-1750.

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