If you started researching your divorce options in January or February, you’re not alone, not by a long shot. In fact, recent research conducted by FindLaw.com analysts suggests that January-February-March might well be termed “Divorce Season.”
According to an analysis of the keywords the people search for on FindLaw.com [as well as analyses of 2008-2011 divorce filings], January, February and March witness a huge number of divorces and fights over child custody.
Why is this?
The intuitive answer is that most people see the New Year as a time of “starting fresh.” The introspection forced by the December holidays causes people to reevaluate their relationships.
Whether or not further research supports this theory, the concept is interesting, because it forces us to think about our own relationships in a broader context. No one consciously decides to “participate” in Divorce Season, yet Divorce Season, apparently, exists. Societal forces have a deep and subtle influence on our behavior. Our environment and our contexts can impact our level of marital satisfaction on a profound level.
So are there any “take home” lessons from this research — lessons you use, as you manage your own divorce or custody issues?
The main lesson is this: if you’ve been struggling with a family issue, don’t try to analyze the law by yourself. Call the team here at the Toussaint Law Firm for a confidential and free evaluation of your case.