Experts who have studied divorce trends have found a biannual pattern. Twice a year, they see a spike in divorce filings.
The first one comes after the summer holidays, which are now behind us. But the second one comes after the winter holidays, generally meaning in January. After couples get through Christmas and New Year’s, then they decide to file for divorce.
Why does this happen?
The biggest reason for this trend is simply that people are very busy during the holidays and it is seen as an inopportune time to file for divorce. There’s simply a lot going on and a lot of things to pay attention to, and adding in the complication of a divorce feels unwise. These couples still want to get divorced, but they’re willing to put it off until a time when life isn’t so busy.
For parents, the consideration is often the children. The holidays are when the kids are home from school the most, and these are times that children tend to love — and when they want to have a lot of fun. Parents do not want to detract from that fun by putting the children in the middle of a divorce, and they may even not want to tell the children about their plans until the holidays are behind them.
What steps do you need to take?
Whether you decide to get divorced during this holiday season or in the months that immediately follow, with that traditional spike, just make sure that you know exactly what legal steps you’ll need to take to make it go smoothly.