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January Is Known As Divorce Month, But All Winter Long Is Divorce Season

Sober January is a common trend among adults seeking to dry themselves out (for their health!). But the most sobering part of the month for parents is how many marriages wind up on the rocks. And while January — widely recognized as “Divorce Month” — is almost over, updated data suggests that it’s only just begun. Cue the Carpenters.

Compared to December, divorces indisputably spike in January, which is mostly why it’s known as a homewrecker of a month. However, a study from the University Of Washington of 15 years of divorce filings concluded that the uncoupling continues to swell through March. Although their data focused specifically on Washington state, similar analysis from found the same thing. In other words, spring has sprung … many adults from unhappy marriages.

Interestingly, the numbers also show that web searches for “divorce” and related phrases like “child custody” do indeed peak in January. (You’d almost rather get caught with porn in your search history.) The most likely explanation for this is the divorce process takes a while, and January marks the start of the season. As if the holidays weren’t stressful enough.


The good news is that divorce rates aren’t as high as the 50 percent people often think. And if your relationship is facing some strain, couple’s therapy might be an option to pursue. But if you and your spouse are ready to pull the plug and simply staying together for the kids, research shows that continued conflict could do more harm than good. Another option? Part amicably for them instead.

[H/T] Family Studies