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Divorce filings soar in January

On Behalf of | Dec 11, 2023 | Divorce

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ohio’s divorce rate during 2021 was 2.6 divorces per 1,000 residents. Some months have significantly more divorce filings than others.

As the holiday season concludes, January sees a notable increase in divorce filings. Many individuals, seeking a fresh start, decide it’s time to move forward with the process of ending their marriage.

January is sometimes called “divorce month”

January marks a spike of 25%-30% in divorce filings as people reevaluate their lives and make resolutions for change. The end of the holidays often prompts individuals to assess their relationships and make decisions about their future.

A fresh start

For many, the start of a new year symbolizes a chance for a fresh start. This can mean pursuing personal growth, setting new goals or ending an unhappy marriage. The decision to file for divorce is a significant step, signaling the determination to move forward and embrace a new chapter in life.

Navigating the legal process

Filing for divorce involves a complex legal process, and seeking the guidance of an attorney can be invaluable. Attorneys specializing in family law can provide essential support and expertise, ensuring that individuals understand their rights, responsibilities and the legal implications of their decisions.

Emotional support and objectivity

Beyond legal expertise, attorneys offer emotional support during a challenging time. They provide a steady and objective perspective, helping clients make informed decisions without becoming overwhelmed by emotions. This guidance is invaluable when addressing issues such as child custody, asset division and spousal support.

Resolution and closure

Working with an attorney can speed up the divorce process, leading to a faster resolution and closure. Attorneys help navigate paperwork, negotiate settlements and represent clients in court if needed. This support streamlines the legal proceedings, allowing individuals to focus on rebuilding their lives after the divorce.


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