Do divorce rates peak at the end of summer?

As now seems to occur at this time most years, there is speculation in the  media that the end of the summer holidays will see a rise in the number of people getting divorced.

Such speculation is becoming as common as the idea of ‘divorce day’, the first day of the first working week after the Christmas/New Year break, when more people are supposed to instruct lawyers to start divorce proceedings than any other day of the year.

But is there any truth in it?

Possible reasons put forward for an increase in divorces at the end of summer are similar to those put forward for divorce day, including the holidays forcing families to be together, thereby highlighting problems in relationships, and disappointment at family holidays not being as wonderful as expected. Another possible reason is that children go off to university at the end of the summer, forcing their parents to live on their own for the first time in years. It has also been suggested that people are more likely to meet someone new in the summer holidays!

Whether there is any truth in any of this, we don’t know.

The simple fact is that marriages can break down at any time, and if your marriage has broken down, the timing is likely to be immaterial. The important thing is to seek expert legal advice, as soon as you can. Family Law Cafe can help you find that advice. To book a free initial consultation with us click the green button at the top of this page and fill in the form, or call us on 020 3904 0506.

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