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The most popular times of year to get a divorce

Fewer people divorce in the United States. In 2015, the divorce rate in the country hit a 35-year low, according to data presented by Bowling State University's National Center for Family & Marriage Research

Research suggests there are certain times of the year when married couples are more likely to call it quits. Divorce rates tend to go down around November and December. Most families celebrate holidays during this time, and they do not want to ruin the joyous time of year. Here are the times of year when divorce rates spike: 


Many studies seem to indicate January is the most popular time of year for couples to divorce. Most couples realize they cannot salvage a marriage well in advance of actually filing. However, if those feelings come up around October or November, spouses may not want to pull the trigger yet because they want to have one more holiday season as a family. That feeling would certainly be understandable if the couple shares any children and do not want the holidays to become associated with the divorce.

The beginning of a new year is also a time when people reflect on their lives and vow to do better. Getting out of an unhappy marriage may be part of that resolution. Divorcing early in the year will also make things simpler for the previous year's taxes. 

July and August

Researchers also note a small increase also appears to occur in the summertime. The reasoning behind this is that parents want to end a marriage before the next school year starts. This gives both parents a chance to find new homes and potentially move children to new school districts. That way, kids do not have to switch schools in the middle of the semester. 

Divorce is a personal decision you have to figure out on your own. If you know for a fact you need to get out of a bad relationship, then do not hesitate to contact a divorce attorney. 

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