If you are planning on filing for a divorce, you may be wondering if there is a good time to file, or if one time of the year is better than other time. For you, the answer depends on many factors from your readiness to your financial situation. While the answer is personal, filing for divorce does tend to fall along some seasonal lines.
When are divorce filings highest? Why?
Making the decision to file for divorce is difficult no matter the time of year, but a new study by sociologists at the University of Washington does show that divorce filings were highest in March and August – shortly after the major holidays that fall in the winter and summer. The study complied divorce filing records for fifteen years, and the peak filing times were the same for every year studied.
For most couples and families, even those dealing with difficult marital relationships, the times of year that are traditionally considered family times seem to be off limits when it comes to filing for divorce.
During the summer months, kids are out of school, and many take family vacations. Likewise, in the winter months, families celebrate religious holidays as well as winter breaks. Due to these family traditions, it is almost unthinkable to even consider filing for divorce at these times.
The study also found that even unhappy couples tend to have high expectations associated with these holidays. Many feel that being together as a family will give them the time to mend their relationships and that a family vacation is an opportunity to start over.
Unfortunately, for many couples, the high expectations are left unmet once the holiday is over. Instead, the holidays bring with them emotions or stress that can lead to intensified disagreements. This, in turn, leads to a higher divorce rate after the holidays as this disappointment sets in.
The decision to file for divorce is rarely an easy one, even if you know it is right. It makes sense that when deciding to do so, the feelings and expectations of other family members, especially children, need to be considered.
If you are trying to determine when the best time is for you to file divorce, it is always best to contact a professional for assistance. A divorce attorney can help you through this emotional time with advice and guidance.