Happy New Year! Can you sign these divorce papers?

The New York Post says January is the month to shed your spouse.

Published January 3, 2006 3:10PM (EST)

Go to the gym. Eat more veggies. Ditch the jerk. According to today's New York Post, divorce is right up there with losing weight when it comes to New Year's resolution lists.

"In January, people are returning gifts and recycling husbands," media-genic divorce lawyer Gloria Allred told the Post. "All year the fault lines are showing underneath the surface and in January it explodes."

Because a new year inspires reflection and reevaluation, divorce lawyers say, they are preparing for a spike in calls this week.

"Tuesday is one of the biggest days of one of the biggest months for divorce lawyers because people are following up on their New Year's resolutions to make themselves happy," Sharon Sooho, a divorce lawyer and co-founder of Divorcenet.com, told the Post. But New York divorce lawyer Suzanne Bracker says that people file for divorce in January for the same reasons they do the rest of the year -- infidelity. Apparently, holiday time is when many extramarital trysts are uncovered.

By Lori Leibovich

Lori Leibovich is a contributing editor at Salon and the former editor of the Life section.

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