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Saturday, September 24, 2016

New Study Finds Most Divorces Happen After the Holidays

When do most divorces occur?

A recent study suggests that certain times of the year are harder on a marriage.  Researchers from the University of Washington evaluated divorce petitions filed in Washington state between the years 2001 and 2015.  They found that the most divorces were filed in March, after the winter holidays, followed by August.  Filings rose an astonishing 40 percent from a low in December to the high in March.  Thus far, the study is considered preliminary and will be presented at the American Sociological Association conference in Seattle. 

Several theories have been posed for why divorce seems to peak consistently after the holidays.  One popular view is that couples may view the holidays as a period to turn things around if they are dissatisfied in their marriage.  If that does not happen, unhappy spouses may ultimately decide to seek a divorce afterward, as evidenced by the steady increase in filings in January and February, culminating in March. 

In the summer months, it is theorized that couples stay together during July, which is a month for many families to vacation, then elect to file in August.  Overall, the research seems to suggest that family holidays heavily influence when people file for divorce, with many couples placing importance on staying together through the holidays, even if their marriage is not a happy one.

Preparing to File for Divorce

Deciding to file for divorce is often one of the hardest decisions you will make in your lifetime.  There are steps you can take to prepare both financially and emotionally for the divorce process.  You should consider talking to your spouse about your decision to divorce, which may lead to a discussion of important issues like child custody, division of assets, and the like. 

Your first call should be to a licensed divorce attorney in your area.  Your attorney will help you to navigate the divorce, including reviewing your best divorce options, drafting divorce filings, and much more.  For assistance with your New York divorce, contact the matrimonial attorneys at Gassman Baiamonte Gruner, P.C. by calling (516) 228-9181.

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