Common knowledge holds that divorces are more common after the holidays. There could be many reasons for this, such as a desire for one more family holiday or not wanting to damper the holiday season for family and friends by announcing a divorce. But while many consider January the “divorce month,” a study by FindLaw and Westlaw found that divorce rates actually peak in March.
Divorce Rates Highest in March
FindLaw.com analyzed the search frequency for the word “divorce” on its own site – and determined that March, not January, is the true “Divorce Month.”
The study found that the rate of searches for the word “divorce,” as well as related phrases such as “child custody” and “family law,” jumped 50 percent from December 2010 to January 2011. The trend continued through March.
But in addition to analyzing trends in search terms, Findlaw.com analyzed the rates of divorce filing across the United States between 2008 and 2011. Again, the data was consistent; divorce filing rates rise dramatically in January, but peak in the month of March.
Again, the holidays may have a lot to do with the January. But another reason may have to do with taxes. You can file jointly if you are married in December 31; otherwise you must file an individual return.
Regardless of When You File, Get a Divorce Attorney
Regardless of the month in which you file for your divorce, the protocol that you need to follow to protect your interests remains the same. You still need to create a plan, take action to protect your assets, and hire a divorce attorney.
I can guide you through everything you need to know about divorce and other family law matters. I’ll help you understand your rights and what you can expect throughout the divorce process.
Filing for a divorce is tough, and you are going to face some hurdles along the way. I want to help you get through it with your finances and future intact. To learn more, please contact me, Molly B. Kenny, today at 425-460-0550 to set up a consultation.