After the Holidays
The holidays at the end of the year are a busy time starting with Thanksgiving, then Christmas and New Year’s Eve, but the stress of the holidays also leads to the beginning of another busy season: divorce season.
Indeed, sociologists at the University of Washington conducted research that shows a consistent seasonal spike in divorce filings starting each year in January and peaking in March. There is also a second divorce season following the summer holidays in August.
The study analyzed divorce filings in Washington State between 2001 and 2015 and the findings were that most were done in March and August.
The timing seems to coincide with the end of the holiday season and the end of summer when families are typically enjoying more time together. Spouses either don’t want to ruin the holidays or the stress of their vacation or holidays is too much for their marriage to take.
Top Reasons for Divorce
For every 1,000 people who are married in the United States, there are roughly 11.67 people who divorce each year, according to the 2017 American Community Survey.
The most frequently cited reason for divorce in the United States was a lack of commitment by at least one of the spouses. In fact, roughly 75 percent of couples say this was what ended their marriage, according to a study published in the news journal Couple Family Psychology.
It’s also no surprise that infidelity was cited as the second reason spouses split with 59 percent citing that as the reason they divorced. Roughly 58 percent reported there was too much arguing and 45.1 percent said they just got married too young.
Typically, problems involving money problems, substance abuse and domestic violence were also cited as contributing factors to filing for divorce.
Marriage and Divorce Rates Both Declining
Roughly one million couples in the United States put an end on their happily ever after together and divorced their spouses in 2017. While it may sound like a lot of divorces, actually the rate is 3.2 divorces for every 1,000 people in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC). Statistics show that the divorce rate has actually declined 18 percent between 2008 and 2016, but also that the number of people getting married has declined. While there are fewer marriages, the good news is it turns out those that do tie the knot are more likely to stay together than in the past.
It’s important to note, however, that the CDC marriage and divorce statistics cited are compiled with data reported by just 44 states and Washington, D.C. Additionally, there are some states that reported only marriage counts, but not divorce counts and vice versa, according to the National Center for Family and Marriage Research. Also, the state of California, which is the largest in the U.S. with 12 percent of the population, isn’t even included in the CDC’s divorce rate.
Filing for Divorce in California
Certainly, there are some instances where you may not require an attorney to file a divorce, but here are some reasons you will want to hire an attorney.
First of all, the legal process is complicated. Particularly if you have any financial assets to protect or there are child custody and support issues to be resolved. Couples who have substantial income or debt, assets, future assets, retirement, or significant inheritance should protect their interests in the event of a divorce.
Second, an attorney can make sure there are no mistakes made which could cause delays or significant financial losses. Let’s face it, a divorce is stressful enough without further complications.
Finally, most couples who divorce are under a lot of stress and may not understand their rights or may give up rights because they don’t understand the law. An experienced family law attorney will ensure that you understand what you are entitled to and that you get no less than 100 percent of what is rightfully yours.
Family Law Lawyer
Johnson Attorneys Group is on your side when it comes to marriage dissolution. We will work to ensure the best possible outcome for you as you move forward and file for a divorce. We understand that the legal process is complicated so that’s why we are here to explain how everything works. There’s nothing more important in your life than your happiness and financial well-being. Put your mind at ease and contact us for a free consultation at 800-235-6801. We will answer all your questions so that you can take steps to protect your children’s future.