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Divorce issues seem most prevalent in March, according to some

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

It is widely accepted in divorce litigation circles that March is "divorce month," which is to say that many attorneys see a spike in their divorce cases during this period of time. The divorce issues faced by individual couples here in Texas and elsewhere will often vary case-by-case, but the reasons for choosing a particular month may be similar across the board. In any case, thinking ahead about planning for a divorce can only have positive repercussions for the process itself.

As a general rule, no one wants to start a divorce process during the holiday season, and as a result, many people choose to put off beginning that process until after the season concludes. However, January is usually relegated to recouping expenses from the holidays, and February is often thought of as "find representation" month for both parties. This may be one of the reasons the numbers seem to spike just as spring is beginning. 

This is not the only commonality attorneys notice. While it has long been believed that most divorces take place among younger people who have been married less than 10 years, more people over the age of 50 are deciding to end their marriages – an effect commonly called "gray divorce." Ultimately, it appears people are valuing their time more heavily and do not wish to spend it in an unhappy situation longer than may be necessary. 

Planning for divorce means considering divorce issues that might be raised. From child custody to alimony to asset division, there are plenty of issues Texas residents must consider. No matter what month a couple decides to part ways, thinking ahead about these issues can help prepare both spouses for what is to come. Seeking support in dealing with these issues effectively can also help smooth a difficult transition. 

Source: chron.com, "March is 'divorce month:' Here's the reason why", Carol Christian, March 19, 2015

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