Findings to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association suggests divorce may be seasonal. After looking at divorce filings in the state of Washington from 2001 to 2015, researchers found the filings increased in March and August. The increase in August may be caused by parents who want to have the divorce finalized before the start of the new school year.
The March spike may be explained by the fact that the days start to get longer during that part of the year. Longer days are thought to inspire people to take action such as getting a divorce. Furthermore, couples who may have wanted to divorce immediately after the Christmas holiday season may finally have the money or have worked up the courage to do so.
Divorce may also be delayed until after the Christmas season because of social taboos against ending a marriage during a family-oriented period of the year. In some cases, March and August become prime months for divorce because couples think a Christmas or summer trip with the kids could rekindle romantic feelings. However, these attempts at reconciliation tend to expose the flaws in the relationship because they can be highly stressful and emotional times of the year.
Those who are considering a divorce may wish to talk to a family law attorney as soon as possible. Doing so may make it easier to create a settlement that is fair and entitles the client to an equitable division of assets as well as alimony and child support if applicable.