A recent study is reporting that there are specific peaks of divorce filings in March and August. According to researchers, people who want to get divorced do not want to file during the summer family vacation season or before the winter holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas. The study found that divorce filings peaked in March and August and were the lowest in November and December. Divorce filings also decreased in April and did not increase until August.
Researchers examined divorce cases in 37 of 39 counties in one state between 2001 through 2015. Irrespective of the size of the counties, the trends appeared to be similar. The research indicated that there were 430 divorce filings in December, 570 divorce filings by March and 558 in August. From December to March the divorce filings increased by 33%. Similarly, from December to August divorce filings increased by 30%. The peaks in divorce case filing happen in the months after the winter and summer breaks.
The delay in divorce filings may be attributed to socially sensitive times during the year. People enter holiday seasons with rising expectations even though they may have had a substandard year. They leave the holidays looking for a new opportunity, a fresh start and a change. For unhappy marriages, vacations can be very stressful when they do not meet expectations. After spending a lengthy vacation with a spouse, individuals often find that they are even unhappier and begin to plan for their divorce.
The delay in filing for divorce after the winter holiday season is also attributed to the fact that individuals may be trying to financially prepare for a divorce or looking for a Miami divorce lawyer. Additionally, people appear to have more energy to end their marriage during the spring than in the cold winter.
Irrespective of when you decide to file for divorce, it is important to contact Sandy T. Fox, Esquire, a Florida Bar Board Certified Marital and Family Law Attorney. The Florida Supreme Court established board certification in 1982 to assist consumers in identifying specialists. Since June 2013, Mr. Fox has been recognized as having special knowledge, skills and proficiency as a marital and family lawyer in Miami-Dade County in cases involving alimony, domestic violence, child support, parenting plans, and time-sharing schedules, as well as professionalism and ethics.
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