It may come as a surprise that people filing for divorce follow a seasonal pattern.
Over the Christmas holidays, which is a time of joy and sharing, many couples do not want to pursue divorce. Parents often put off divorce until after the holiday season for the sake of their children. Most children are full of excitement and happy anticipation during the holidays, and they have time off from school. Ror several weeks the family is able to participate in Christmas traditions and spend a lot of time together. In contrast, divorce is an unsettling change that generally upsets children and relatives, and can create an atmosphere of anger, sadness or depression. It simply doesn’t fit in with the spirit of Christmas. Aside from emotional reasons for waiting to file for divorce, it is also wise financially to wait. When filing for divorce before December 31st, even though you spent the whole year living jointly, you won’t be able file joint tax returns for that year.
According to research on divorce filings done by Findlaw, divorce filing starts increasing in January and continues to rise, peaking in March. While January used to be considered “divorce month,” March has now moved into that position.
CNN reported that September is also another month when divorce filings typically rise. Summer vacations are over and the kids go back to school. Again, couples want to avoid upsetting their family with divorce news during the summer season when they typically spend more time together as a family.
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