One tidbit of information you wouldn’t be aware of unless you worked in Family Law as an attorney or a mediator is that January is known in the industry as National Divorce Month. What does that mean? Well, it’s the month with the highest number of couples filing for divorce. Is it just a phenomenon, or does it have to do with New Year’s resolutions? The verdict is still out, but if you’re in the divorce business, you know it’s one of the busiest months of the year!
The New Year brings lots of adjustment and change. Everyone wants to put the best version of themselves forward, and that requires action. When it comes to marriage, sometimes that action is a dissolution. Let’s run through the reasons why January is National Divorce Month.
Emotional Reasons Why Couples File in January:
- Some couples see the new year as an opportunity to take action on decisions they’ve made over the past 12 months. January makes sense since the holiday season is over, as is the stress and chaos accompanying the holiday season.
- Other couples don’t want to be known as the ones to ruin Christmas for their family, so they decide to power through one more holiday season and take action after the new year.
- And yet, for the rest of the couples, the stress of the holiday season may be the straw that broke the camel’s back. All the stress and anxiety of family get-togethers and the financial strains holidays can place on couples may have been the final push they needed to pick a direction for their future, especially if the relationship was on rocky ground, to begin with.
Financial Reasons Why Couples File in January:
- Finances play a big part in the decision to divorce or not. Holiday spending and travel expenses related to the holidays only help to exacerbate an already tense situation.
- Others couples are more calculated and make their move when the start of a new year, so there are no tax implications born out of the divorce process.
Meditation & a Virtual Office:
Whatever the reason your Family Law Mediation calendar is booming this time of year, as a mediator, there is very little need to have a brick-and-mortar office. When most mediation and settlement conferences take place over zoom, how can you establish yourself as a thriving business and be successful? A virtual office may be the perfect solution you are looking for.
A virtual office would give you the appearance of an established business with a prestigious address for your LLC. With an Opus Virtual Office, you receive other premium services, such as live call answer in your business name, digital mail sort, messages that get converted to other electronic media as needed, a real-time call log, and meeting rooms on demand for those in-person mediation sessions when tensions are not high. If you’re a mediator thinking about expanding your business into new areas or want a professional address for your letterhead with all the services a virtual office can offer, make the move today.