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Why do divorce filings increase in August?

If you and your spouse finally made the difficult decision to divorce after your summer vacation, you're not alone. Sociologists say that there are two peak months for divorce filings – August and March. These follow traditional summer and winter family vacation times.

Often, couples who are having troubles count on a long-awaited vacation to ease the tensions they've been feeling. It's a time to get away, relax and heal their relationship. That's a lot of pressure to place on one trip. Often, a family vacation involves being contained with your spouse in a hotel room, car and/or tent for days or weeks on end, caring for the children 24/7 with no respite. That's not likely to heal serious rifts in the relationship.

As one sociologist notes, these times "represent periods in the year when there's the anticipation or the opportunity for a new beginning, a new start, something different, a transition into a new period of life." When couples return from these vacations on which they've placed so much pressure and don't feel any better about their relationships, they may realize that it's time to call it a day.

August is much closer to the end of summer vacations than March is to the end of winter break, of course. There's a reason for that. It takes some time to get a divorce filing going. People have to find an attorney and get their financial documents in order, for example. However, parents with kids going back to school in the fall often want to get things going as soon as possible.

The decision to divorce, obviously, is never something to be rushed. However, if you've made that decision or believe that your spouse has, the sooner that you seek legal guidance, the better chance you have of obtaining the outcome that's best for the future of you and your children.

Source: Medical News Today, "Divorce is seasonal, peaks following family vacations," Hannah Nichols, Aug. 21, 2017

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