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Why January

The New Year is a time for making changes to improve our lives.

For many in unhappy marriages, one of those changes is divorce. January has long been a popular month for divorce filings.

Professional lives slow down during the holidays, and people focus on family, togetherness and traditions. But simmering below the holiday cheer is grave disappointment for some.

Spouses may not live up to expectations. Or one too many drinks at a Christmas party could lead to inappropriate gestures or remarks, which, for those who have been unhappy for a long time, could be the straw that breaks the camel's back.

Some couples have decided to keep up appearances for one last holiday season as an intact family.

"I've had a lot of people retain me and say, 'Don't file the papers until the first of the year,'" says Henry S. Gornbein, P.A., and Partner at Gornbein, Fletcher & Smith, PLLC, a family law firm in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.


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