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LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — The new year signals a time for necessary changes and new beginnings for many Kentuckians, and for some, that includes married couples ready to call it quits.

January is dubbed “Divorce Month,” but how accurate is that nickname?

Even though it is not exactly the most cheerful way to ring in the new year, Jennifer McVay Martin, an attorney with McVay Martin Shepard, said her law office has already seen a few couples file for divorce. She is prepared for more married couples to take action this month.

After two years of navigating COVID-19 and working from home, many couples are ready to call it quits.

According to the U.S. census, as of 2019, Kentucky‘s divorce rate is 10.1 per 1,000 women while the national average is 7.6.

The Lexington lawyer said the trend boils down to the holidays. Married couples usually consider divorce before the holidays but make a point to stay together until the end of the year for their families.

“It is the new year, new things, people who have been thinking about it want a start fresh. It’s the same reason why everyone wants their divorce finalized by December,” said Jennifer McVay Martin.

In Kentucky, couples can file electronically for a divorce and do not need a lawyer.

However, Jennifer McVay Martin said hiring an attorney can ease the process. Therefore, if you decide to do so, make sure to do your research and form a good relationship with your attorney.