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Why divorce rates are highest in late August

On Behalf of | Aug 27, 2019 | Divorce Mediation |

The fall season is only a few weeks away. Most Fort Myers kids have already returned to school or will be doing so within the next week. It’s soon after this occurs that divorce season begins.

A recent University of Washington study revealed that most attorneys see an increase in clients contacting them about divorcing their spouses in August more than any other month of the year.

When asked why they believe that’s the case, many of the family attorneys and licensed psychologists polled pointed to the fact that many families look to the summer as a new chapter in their lives. This is especially the case with those who live in states where it’s bitterly cold and snows for the winter.

They note that many look forward to spending additional time together on vacation during the summer. Some spouses even anticipate this giving them a chance to rekindle their romance. While many expect this increased time they share to help them grow their bond, it tends to magnify their problems instead. This leads many spouses to decide to divorce.

This is also the time of the year in which parents often see their kids off to college. This leaves many of them with an empty nest. Spouses frequently resort to getting divorced after dropping their kids off at college because they just don’t feel that connection that they once did anymore. They’ve often grown apart over the years that they’ve raised their children. They live largely independent lives.

Many parents who realize that their marriage is crumbling try to make it through the summer before filing for divorce in hopes that they can change their fate. Some go on vacation simply to create a lasting impression of a unified family before mom and dad go their separate ways.

Many parents decide to file for divorce at the end of August in hopes that their child will be so distracted with starting school that they won’t hyperfocus on their mom and dad’s split. Others do so in hopes of getting things in order in advance of the holiday season.

Navigating the divorce process isn’t easy, especially when it comes to reaching agreements on child custody, support and property division matters. A divorce mediation attorney can help you and your spouse broker an agreement on these matters so that you can more quickly settle your Florida divorce case.


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