Why do Divorce Rates Drop in December?

When a couple gets divorced, it’s because they have reached a point where staying together is simply no longer an option. However, when we study divorce-related trends, we notice that divorce very often spikes in the months of March and August, and then drops off by the time December rolls around. There are several potential reasons for this, however, no matter the reason, it should be noted that if you are getting ready to divorce your spouse, you must prepare and have a solid plan going forward.

Generally, divorce, right around this time, begins to drop. Many people suspect this is due to the fact that spouses do not want to drop a bombshell like that around the holidays, especially if children are involved. However, there is no definitive answer as to why divorce drops and spikes around certain months.

Recently, a study has suggested that divorce tends to spike in the month of August as couples return home from summer vacation. Very often, spouses will seek to give their marriage one last chance at survival by taking a vacation. However, these efforts are often futile and result in one spouse ultimately filing for divorce as the summer comes to a close. No matter your situation, if you are seeking a divorce, there are a few things you need to know about the process. Please read on and reach out to learn more:

What is the contested divorce process?

When you and your spouse cannot agree on the terms of your divorce, you are having what is known as a contested divorce. First, you will decide whether you wish to cite fault grounds. Generally, it is best not to cite fault grounds, and instead file a “no-fault” divorce. Once filing, you will enter the litigation process, where the courts will conduct discovery and divvy your assets accordingly. Once the judge makes his or her final decision, he or she will pass down a Judgment of Divorce. Lastly, you will wait for your divorce decree, which for a contested, no-fault divorce, is 90 days.

We know how overwhelming the divorce process can sometimes seem. That is why we are dedicated to providing our clients with the competent, honest, and trustworthy legal service they deserve in their time of need.

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For over 30 years, The Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley, P.C. has provided quality legal support and representation for clients in Bristol County and all of Massachusetts. Our firm’s experience eases the stress of clients while providing the legal services they deserve. If you need help through a contested divorce, contact The Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley, P.C. for a consultation today.