2016 is finally here. For most people, the start of the new year is a time to reassess your life and make a commitment to being a better person in the coming year. In the aftermath of the holiday excess, the most common New Year’s resolutions include losing weight, getting fit, quitting smoking, spending less and saving more. Gym memberships spike and retailers see a major dip in sales. But did you know that the beginning of January is also a time for making major relationship changes?

According to some online sources, the first working day in January is known as ‘Divorce Day’ – when many couples decide to begin the new year by splitting up. In 2016, Divorce Day is tomorrow, January 4. Although many factors can contribute to the increased number of divorces following the holiday season, many people delay getting a divorce until January out of fear of spending the holidays alone, or a desire to have one last holiday season together as a couple or a family. Another reason for the rise in divorces is financial pressure, which can cause a tremendous strain on relationships, especially during the holidays. Others attribute the trend to couples who have already drifted apart being forced to spend extended periods of time together over the festive period.

On a related note, many online matchmaking sites report a massive spike in new user profiles the first Sunday in January – which they refer to as ‘Dating Sunday’. Match.com said there is a 60% spike in new online dating profiles between Christmas and Valentine’s Day – and the reason for it: a combination of breakups over the holidays and New Year’s resolutions to find love.

So whether you’re ending a relationship or looking to start a new one (or both), now is apparently the best time to do it. Out with the old, and in with the new, as they say.

If you have questions about your divorce or separation, please contact family lawyer Jason P. Howie, online or at 519.973.1500.

Sources:

http://metro.co.uk/2016/01/03/happy-divorce-season-its-that-time-of-the-year-again-5598053/

http://blog.match.com/2015/12/28/get-ready-for-national-online-dating-day-january-3rd/