Divorce Club Logo 401839 - 300px

Are You Waiting Until The New Year Before Getting Divorced?

Table of Contents

You’ve been thinking about it for months, maybe even years. The idea of ending your marriage and starting over alone is terrifying yet oddly liberating.

But here you are, stuck in limbo as another holiday season approaches, wondering if you should wait until after the new year to drop the divorce bomb.

On the one hand, avoiding family drama over the holidays seems ideal. No awkward questions from nosy relatives or forced interactions with your soon-to-be ex. But on the other hand, prolonging the inevitable won’t make the situation any easier. Rip the band-aid off now so you can start rebuilding your life. The holidays will come and go regardless of your relationship status.

Your happiness and mental health should be the top priority. If divorce is the right choice for you, don’t let the calendar hold you back from pursuing it. The new year will still be there on the other side, waiting to be filled with new beginnings and fresh starts. Take that first courageous step. You owe it to yourself.

New Year - New You

The Psychology Behind Planning a New Year Divorce

Planning to divorce in the new year? You’re not alone. Many see January 1st as a fresh start, a chance to begin anew. There’s something psychological about the calendar changing that gives people the push they need to make a major life change.

The “New Year, New Me” Mentality

There’s power in connecting big life transitions to a new year. It’s a built-in motivation and deadline all wrapped into one. Come January, you can reinvent yourself as a newly single person with a whole new set of possibilities ahead of you. The new year represents new hope, a new chapter, and new opportunities.

Riding that wave of motivation and optimism can help combat the fear and uncertainty that comes with ending a marriage. Having that definitive start date, January 1, gives you something concrete to work towards and look forward to. You can spend the remaining months preparing financially, logistically and emotionally to launch into your new life as a divorced person.

While there are certainly challenges to divorcing at any time of year, tapping into the psychological momentum of a new year can help make the process a little easier. A new year may be just the fresh start you need.

New year Divorce - Women despair

If your emotions are high, delay your decision

If the thought of finalizing your divorce has your emotions running high, it’s probably best to delay making any big decisions for now. Take some time to process your feelings before moving forward.

Your mental health comes first

Right now, focus on self-care. Make sure to:

  • Connect with close friends or family members who support you. Talking can help work through complicated emotions.
  • Practice stress relief like yoga, meditation, or journaling. Reducing anxiety and frustration will help you think more clearly.
  • Be gentle with yourself. Divorce is difficult, so avoid judging yourself harshly for having ups and downs. You’re only human.

Separate emotions from practical concerns

In a few months when emotions have settled, revisit the situation with a level head. Think through important practical factors like:

-Finances and dividing assets. Discuss arrangements objectively and logically.

-Custody agreements. Focus on a solution that prioritizes the wellbeing of any children involved.

-Living arrangements. Make a plan for separate housing that suits both your needs.

Rushing into a divorce when feelings are volatile often leads to more conflict and stress. Give yourself space now so you can navigate the challenges ahead with a calm, rational perspective. The new year will still be there when you’re ready.

New year Divorce - Pic of man holding key

Have you really explored options to save your marriage?

Have you really explored options to save your marriage?

Before ending your marriage, have you truly exhausted all options to improve your relationship? Here are some things to consider:

  • Marriage counseling or therapy. Speaking to a professional counselor, either alone or together, can help identify issues and find solutions. They can teach communication strategies and provide an impartial perspective.
  • Compromise and improved communication. The ability to compromise and openly discuss feelings, needs, and problems is key. Make time each week to check-in with your partner, rekindle intimacy, express appreciation and work through challenges.
  • Trial separation. Sometimes distance makes the heart grow fonder. A temporary separation may help gain perspective and clarity. Set ground rules in advance regarding dating others, finances, child custody, etc. Come back together after a few months to re-evaluate the relationship.
  • Rekindling romance and friendship. Make quality time for just the two of you. Try dating again, engage in shared interests together, be intimate, laugh together and remember why you fell in love. Friendship and physical intimacy are the foundation of a strong marriage.

Ending a marriage is an immense decision. Before filing for divorce, ensure you’ve tried your best to reconnect, improve communication, compromise when possible and seek professional help if needed. If after sincere effort there is no hope of reconciliation, you can move forward knowing you gave it your all. But many relationships can be saved by making the choice to renew commitment and find solutions rather than throw in the towel too soon. What do you have to lose by trying?

New year Divorce - Couple arguing

Talk to your partner – tackle the big challenges before you give up

Talk to your partner – tackle the big challenges before you give up

If you’ve been considering divorce but want to give your relationship one last chance, have an honest conversation with your partner about the major issues you’re facing before ending things. Sit down together, look each other in the eye, and speak openly about your feelings, concerns, and unmet needs. Be willing to listen with an open mind and understand their perspective too. Compromise where you can.

This may be difficult, but it’s necessary. Discussing things like intimacy problems, lack of communication, financial difficulties or parenting conflicts – whatever the root causes of your unhappiness are – is the only way to determine if the relationship is truly irreparable. Perhaps with work and commitment to change, you can get back on track. On the other hand, this conversation may confirm that you’ve grown apart and want different things. But you’ll never know unless you try.

Don’t throw in the towel just because of a rough patch. Have a heart to heart, give counseling or therapy a chance, reconnect through date nights, vacations together, or new shared interests and hobbies. If after making a sincere effort to revive your partnership you still feel unhappy and unfulfilled, you can walk away knowing you did everything you could. But you may just rediscover why you fell in love in the first place. The new year is a chance for new beginnings – will you begin again together?

New year Divorce - Egg Timer

Is waiting smart, or you just being a pussy?

Is waiting until the New Year really the smart move, or are you just stalling? Only you know what’s truly right for your situation, but here are some things to consider:

Timing is personal

For some, a fresh start with the New Year is appealing. For others, dragging it out for months just prolongs the pain and uncertainty. Do what feels right for you and your needs. Every relationship and breakup is different.

Kids are a factor

If you have children, their wellbeing is top priority. How they’ll be affected by waiting versus not waiting is something to weigh seriously. An amicable split before the holidays could be less disruptive for them in the long run.

Use the time wisely

Whether you wait or not, use the time to prepare and plan. Meet with a counselor or mediator, get your finances in order, and think through a parenting plan if needed. Come January, you’ll be in a better position to make a fresh start, together or apart.

Rip the band-aid

Waiting often makes the anticipatory anxiety worse. Like ripping off a band-aid, ending things swiftly may hurt more upfront but allows the healing to begin that much sooner. Staying in an unhappy relationship out of obligation or fear is rarely the answer.

The decision is deeply personal. But avoiding “the talk” to prevent short-term pain usually makes things worse in the end. Do what’s right for you—the smart, courageous choice that leads to happiness and peace of mind. The New Year will be here before you know it. Why not start it with a clean slate?


So if you’ve decided that divorce is the right choice for you, stop waiting.

The new year isn’t going to magically make the process easier or the outcome better. Take that first step now to meet with a divorce attorney and understand your options. The sooner you start the process, the sooner you’ll have the opportunity to start rebuilding your life.

While the road ahead won’t always be easy, staying in an unhappy marriage out of fear of the unknown will only make you more miserable in the long run. This is your life – take control of it and pursue the happiness and fulfillment you deserve.

The new year can still be a fresh start, just on your own terms. Here’s to the next chapter!

Share This Post

Need a Divorce Expert?

Get Free Access to the Largest Directory of Divorce Professionals… 

Divorce Club Logo 401839 - 300px

Join Your Private Group Today…

Save the normal $96.00 per year

Divorce Club Logo

Join Free Today

(Standard Cost: $96.00 per year)

Men ⇣

Women ⇣