Spring is here and for many that means a start to a new season, college
basketball, and better weather on the way. According to a recent study
from the University of Washington, it may also mean a time for
divorce. That’s because researchers found significant peaks in divorce filings
at two points during the year: March and August.
According to the study, which analyzed nearly 15 years of divorce filings
in the state of Washington, spring and late summer show consistent surges
in the number of people who file for divorce. For example, in one of the
largest counties studied, divorce rates climbed to an average of 520 filings,
compared to an average of 430 in December. Researchers also found the
same seasonal pattern when comparing divorce rates in Washington to other
states across the country, including Florida.
Researchers believe the spikes in filings could be attributed to the fact
that winter and summer months are times when spouses may start taking
action on things they have been considering for some time. For example,
Winter and Summer Holidays – winter and summer holidays are a time when many people go on family
vacations or visit family to celebrate the holidays. This in itself can
cause many people to stick things through for the sake of their loved
ones, especially as many believe a vacation or family time could mend
a broken marriage. Married couples often create expectations that things
will work out with the help of a “time out” from the demands
of daily live. When winter and summer holidays come to an end and spouses
find that these vacations did not help or live up to these expectations,
or that new arguments or issues arouse, many make the decision to initiate
the divorce process. The disillusionment that follows rough holidays can
be the catalyst for making spouses who have already been considering divorce
finally take action.
Time – While many people may make the decision to get a divorce during
the summer and winter months, they often take some time to handle the
various obligations that can come during these times of year. Many people
also take time to organize themselves, search out advice or potential
attorneys, and get their finances in order before beginning the actual
legal process. This tends to support why filings are higher in March than
they are right after winter holidays in January.
Children – Spouses with children naturally consider the impact a divorce,
and the process itself, will have on their children. Failed family vacations
may mean that a parent will initiate a divorce in order to handle issues
before children begin summer vacation or before they return to school
during summer break.
While studies suggest March sees more divorce filings than other months
of the year, it is important to remember that the right time to split
is entirely a personal decision. If March and spring, or even August and
the end of summer, afford the time to initiate a divorce or tie up loose
ends in regard to
family law matters, then it can be great to address your legal needs before summer
and vacation months.
Whenever you wish to discuss a divorce or family law issue, our Jacksonville
divorce lawyers at Owenby Law, P.A. are available around the clock to
help. Our experienced attorneys have the insight and resources to help
clients efficiently navigate the divorce process while protecting their
interests. We also provide assistance in all related family law matters,
child custody and support.
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