Divorce happens all year around, but many may be surprised to learn that there are certain times of the year when divorce is more common than others. In a recent study conducted by the University of Washington, sociologists discovered consistent spikes in divorce rates in August and March. There are several reasons why this may be the case, and those reasons are often tied to the summer and winter holidays.
Even when a couple decides to go through with a divorce, they will often make one last effort to make the marriage work. For this reason, researchers found, divorces are often initiated after summer or winter holiday breaks – after the family has gone on vacation together in an attempt to reconnect. When the regular routine starts up again, though, so do the old grievances, and divorce proceedings spike.
Getting the Timing Right
Likewise, couples with children often try to plan a divorce in accordance with the school year. They realize that divorce is bound to be disruptive, and try to get the process rolling before school starts in order to maintain as much consistency as possible.
Getting the timing right is also an explanation for why divorces increase in March. Although many understand early in the year that their marriage will end, they often take January and February to organize themselves financially. This is especially important in states like North Carolina that were hit hard in the recent recession, and may still be recovering.
Nevertheless, divorce knows all seasons, and it is important to have a guide through the process. Each half of the couple has their own interests to protect, and even when the divorce is amicable it is helpful to have a lawyer on your side to help you organize your prioritizes and assert your needs.