The end of the year is usually a time of introspection. Many people in Texas use this as an opportunity to look back over the past year and to consider their hopes and goals for the future. This means that some people are thinking about whether divorce is the solution to their unhappy marriages. For many, it absolutely is.

Between Jan. 6 and Jan. 12, 2019, Google searches for “divorce” hit its peak for the year. And it is not just people looking out of curiosity, either. The divorce rate almost always spikes following what is supposedly the happiest time of the year.

The holiday season already puts a lot of stress on families, and on top of that couples are suddenly traveling and spending lots of extra time together. These strains do not necessarily cause marital breakdown, but they do help unhappy couples realize that they do not want to go through these same experiences again. Still, most divorce filings related to the holiday do not happen until January.

This does not mean that people are choosing to file for divorce because of one bad holiday season. Although Texas couples decide to end things for all kinds of different reasons, the end of the year is unique in its ability to put pressure on all the problems that married couples face. Since preparing for divorce and the holidays all at once can be a bit much for most people, it might be helpful to go ahead and consider speaking with an experienced attorney about options for moving forward with the process.