In Missouri and elsewhere, January is known as "divorce month" because of substantial increase in inquiries about the process during this time each year. There are various schools of thought as to why many couples delay proceeding with divorce until after the holidays. For some, reasons involve financial matters; others may want to avoid parenting plan disputes during family gatherings and holiday celebrations.
Whether beginning the divorce process in January (or another month) will have substantial financial impact often depends on particular circumstances. Emotionally speaking, some say waiting it out until after the holidays allows spouses time to carefully consider whether ending their marriage is the best decision for their family. Of course, opinions regarding divorce vary greatly; advocates say it is better for parents to end their marriage rather than expose children to repeated arguing and contentious behavior toward one another.