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Divorce attorneys see spike after summer vacations

Ask most people in Colorado when marriages tend to fall apart, and the common reply will be immediately after Thanksgiving and Christmas vacations. However, recent research suggests that divorce filings also peak in the weeks following summer vacations. A study presented to the American Sociological Association asserts that divorce filings show consistent peaks in August and March.

Researchers believe that unhappy spouses begin to seriously consider divorce after prolonged periods of time spent together outside the confines of the normal work and school schedules. Often, individuals hold firm beliefs about the importance of family time. When their vacations don't quite live up to those expectations, many are ready to chart a new course.

It is believed that people file for divorce several months after family vacations in order to allow sufficient time to prepare. The spouse who initiates the divorce often wants to secure an attorney, gather financial information and make other preparations before taking such a big step. It should also be noted that the party who files first often gains significant advantages in the divorce process.

For those in Colorado whose summer vacations served to highlight broken or unfulfilling marriages, moving toward divorce may be easier now than in the coming months as the winter holidays approach. In many ways, there is never a good time to file for divorce. Viewed from another perspective, however, any time is the right time to take steps toward a happier future. Regardless of when an individual files, making preparations beforehand is always the best course of action.

Source:, "Back From Vacation, and Now More Likely to Divorce?", Douglas LaBier, Sept. 5, 2016

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