The holiday decorations are barely down but many Missourians and others will be getting one more special delivery in the weeks ahead. CEO of Cordell & Cordell Law Firm and St. Louis divorce attorney Scott Trout says January is known worldwide as “Divorce Month”.

Scott Trout (Photo courtesy of Cordell & Cordell Law Firm)

“They get caught up before January and the holidays, pretty light merriment and they believe they can actually make the relationship work. Once the clock strikes midnight on January 1, the real-life problems start piling up again and reality kicks in. They realize it’s not going to work,” says Trout.

He also says fewer people are tying the knot these days.

“We have single people really thinking about whether or not this is something they really want to do, considering the divorce rate is over 51%. It is an effort to make sure you make it through because divorce is something you never want,” says Trout.

January is also known to have a drastic climb in the number of people signing up for dating websites. Many of those registering are married and planning a divorce. Trout recommends to his clients that they lay off social media because posts could turn out to cost them on the witness stand.

“There’s all kinds of material in there. About 52% of divorce attorneys are utilizing social media in their cases in trials. Whether it be posts about bashing your ex, bragging about a job that you claim you don’t have or vacations. There is a treasure trove of information on social media,” he says.

Trout says divorce filings kick in after the holidays and peak in March.

By Karla James of Nebraska Radio Network