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Spring and summer are the prime seasons for divorce, studies show

A recent study presented by the American Sociological Association (ASA) suggests that spring and summer months are the prime time for filing for divorce. More specifically, March to April is when attorneys are more apt to have clients come to them and request their help in filing a divorce than any other time for the year.

As for why this may be the case, the study's authors pointed out it may have to do with a couple's efforts to save face during the holiday season, a period which they point out has a culturally sacred significant role for many. At the same time, it's during this period that it's argued that couples are perhaps most apt to recognize their differences as well.

It's with the ushering in of the new year that spouses find themselves wanting to get their new year started off with a bang. As a result, they start considering moving forward with a divorce, something they begin researching before ultimately drumming up the courage to do it once and for all by March.

This recent presentation by the ASA corroborates the findings that arose out of a similar study conducted by FindLaw during the three year period of 2008 and 2011. That study found that many divorce attorney contacts started as soon as January, with an ultimate peak in late March.

That study also found that, as far as internet searches are concerned, their there's a 50 percent increase in searches for divorce in between the months of December and January. Searches increased incrementally until March before tapering back off again.

One theory that arose out the FindLaw study is that, especially during the holiday season, arguments got started over visiting families for Thanksgiving. Those festered and were later compounded by discussions about finances that arose out of having to purchase Christmas gifts to give the kids.

Given that finances are the the prime topic about which couples fight, it's no wonder that the season of giving pushes some couples over that threshold to divorce.

A divorce can be complicated to resolve, especially if it involves the request of alimony or deciding on custody of your kids. If you're considering divorcing your spouse, we can provide answers to some of your most pressing questions.

Source:, "Why late summer is America's divorce season," Joshua Krisch, accessed May 12, 2017

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