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What Month Do Most Divorces Happen?

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Algonquin Divorce Lawyer

Divorce changes the lives of everyone involved for quite some time because it is such a serious and emotional decision to make. There have been long-held suspicions that the time of year may influence the divorce rate, because of the different types of outside influences present. A study by the University of Washington was able to identify the peak times of year for divorce with quantifiable data. 

When are Divorce Rates Highest?

The study used a data set including filings for divorce in the state of Washington for a 14-year period from 2001 to 2015. Using those numbers, they plotted a graph which showed two major peaks. One peak was in March and the other was in August. Between March and August is a fairly high plateau and after August there is a steep drop-off. The graph also shows the rates increase steadily from January to March. 

The variation between the months of the year is explained by common sense. The co-author of the study at the University of Washington, Julie Brines, broke down the reason by saying the patterns follow a “domestic ritual calendar.” This means people follow rituals during different parts of the year. For example, most people are not likely to start divorce proceedings around holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and Valentine’s Day, so that is why there is a steep decline during those months.

The decrease in divorce frequency may also be attributed to the general feeling of the holidays and their effect on the emotional well-being of a person. Many people view the holidays as a time of reinvigoration and many hope they can rekindle the same feelings they once had for their partner. When that fails to happen, they finally decide to start divorce proceedings. 

Contact a Kane County Divorce Lawyer

If you believe it is time to work with a skilled attorney to begin the divorce process, the Law Offices of Benedict Schwarz, II PC have years of family law experience and are ready to assist you. Our West Dundee family law attorneys will work with you to reach a resolution that is right for your long-term well-being. Call us today at 847-428-7725 for an initial consultation.



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