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Seasonal spike in divorce filings follows holiday periods

Most Oregon families relish the holiday seasons and look forward to time spent in the company of their loved ones. For those unhappy in their marriage, however, holidays are stressful and emotional times filled with doubts and contemplation. It may come as no surprise, then, that January is sometimes referred to as "Divorce Month" by professionals who deal with crumbling marriages.

A review of available divorce statistics in the United States shows that divorce filings between 2008 and 2011 displayed a significant increase in the month of January. An additional peak occurred toward the end of each March, and heightened divorce-related activity is reported in September. As well, internet searches for key phrases such as "family law" increased by 50 percent during December and January.

Experts believe the surge is the result of people trying to do what they feel is the right thing. Most people don't want to be responsible for spoiling the holidays, so they delay taking action until that time has passed. There are those, however, who want to make sure the entire year's earnings, including bonuses, have been collected before filing for a divorce, or they don't wish to complicate tax filings.

Whatever the reason, and whatever the season, a divorce is never an easy process. It may be good to start by speaking with an attorney experienced with Oregon family law. He or she may be able to help an individual decide what steps to take before filing for divorce, and then offer guidance and representation throughout the process.

Source: winknews.com, "January, nicknamed "Divorce Month," opportune for unhappy couples", Nicole Valdes, Dec. 26, 2016

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