Why Do Divorce Filings Spike During March and August?

When a couple goes through a divorce, it is often a difficult and frightening time in their lives. Usually, when a spouse files for divorce, it was not a spontaneous decision. Instead, it often comes after a long and thought out process made over the course of time. When making this decision, spouses typically consider many different factors regarding their life together. These factors may lead to a certain time of year that a couple decides to divorce. A recent study shows that many couples tend to file for divorce in the months of March and August. There are some logical reasons as to why this may be.

What Causes the Spike?

Unhappy couples tend to schedule their divorce filings around the winter holidays and summer vacations. During these times of the year, filings drop significantly. This is because many spouses do not want to divorce during the Christmas or Valentine’s Day seasons. Many attest these decisions to not wanting to ruin the holidays, especially if there are children in the family. 

Couples usually fail to file for divorce during the summer months, as they oftentimes go on vacation. Instead, unhappy couples tend to file for irreconcilable differences soon after they go on a big trip. There are two main reasons why this happens. Similar to the holiday seasons, couples often make this decision because they do not want to ruin a family vacation. In other situations, the stress and chaos of going on a vacation together can drive an already unsatisfied spouse to file for divorce once it is over. 

The Divorce Process in NJ

When filing for divorce, it must be done with the Superior Court in order for the process to begin. Once this is done, pendente lite orders may be requested in order to address certain marital issues. This can include child custody or child support. During this time, the court conducts what is known as “discovery.” This is when the financial information of both spouses is gathered.

There are different ways the process of divorce can be completed. While most people think it is only done through litigation, there are alternative methods as well. This can include mediation, arbitration, or a collaborative divorce. These processes are all different but work towards accomplishing the same goal of reaching an amicable settlement agreement and finalizing the divorce. 

Litigation comes into play when spouses are unable to reach an agreement regarding their marital issues. When this happens, a judge is given the right to make these decisions for them. Once the decisions are finally made, the divorce can be finalized with a Final Judgement of Divorce.

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