January nicknamed “Divorce Month” as filings spike

Statistics show, the first two weeks of January has the highest number of divorce filings compared to the rest of the year.

VICTORIA, Texas–January has earned the nickname “Divorce Month”.  Statistics show, the first two weeks of January have the highest number of divorce filings compared to the rest of the year.

Wedding bells and engagements are too common around the holiday season, but a new year rings in high divorce filing rates- spiking 25% to 30%.

“I think it’s just as simple as everybody is just holding it together through the holidays. They don’t want to make it any more traumatic on the family as possible, the kids, they want them to have a happy Christmas. They may be holding it together for the spouse or extended family,” says Kim Stanfield, a local licensed counselor who works with children affected by divorce. 

The average price tag on a divorce is up to $15,000. However, experts say the effects can go beyond a hurting wallet.

“What you’re going to see in children, is negative behavior, and that can be anywhere from anger, discipline problems, they can be clingier, crying more, [being] upset,”  adds Stanfield. 

Divorce however, is not always a negative thing. Separating toxic partners and marriages can significantly improve a child’s life.

“It’s not all doom and gloom, I mean parents do survive divorce and some children are more resilient than others. So, depending on how you handle the divorce kids can come through it ok,” says Stanfield. 

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