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Divorce numbers jump after holidays and vacations

Researchers have found that March and August often see spikes in divorce numbers. They note that these months follow the winter holidays -- from Thanksgiving to Valentine's Day -- and the summer vacation, when kids are out of school and families usually travel.

So, why does this happen? Do people decide to stay together a bit longer because they don't want to disrupt the holidays or their travel plans, or is there more to it?

While wanting to get through pre-planned events may be part of it, some experts think there are two major reasons for the spike. For one thing, spending extra time together could cause couples to really see the problems they have in the marriage. They may not notice their issues as much when they're spending eight or more hours at the office, but they do notice after a week of vacation.

The other reason is that some couples may be optimistic about the vacations, hoping that getting away from the daily grind will be a relief and fix the issues they've been having. They feel like they just need a trip to get back to the fun they used to have together, in a past that seems far too long ago. When they take their trips and all of their problems aren't solved, they get frustrated and just decide it's time to split up.

No matter when you and your spouse decide to get divorced, it's crucial to plan in advance and understand all of your rights. These could include your rights to see your children or your rights to certain assets as property is divided, along with both rights and obligations for child support and spousal support.

Source: Psychology Today, "Back From Vacation, and Now More Likely to Divorce?," Doug LaBier, accessed March 24, 2017

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