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Increase in divorce filings typical for August

When a Kentucky couple or individual has decided to move forward with the legal process of ending a marriage, the timing of the actual filing is often based on the time of year. It is common for divorce filings to increase immediately after the holidays are over, but studies have found that there is also an increase during the month of August. This is likely due to many Americans traveling in the months of June and July.

This late-summer increase in divorce seems to indicate that like the holidays, family vacations are important, and people may wait until they are over to formally separate or begin the legal process of divorce. Vacations can also be stressful and frustrating and may serve as confirmation that a divorce is needed. It is quite common for people to schedule a divorce around a big trip or planned time with family.

As August brings the beginning of school for many children, parents must consider how a divorce will impact their kids and their education. This process can be hard for children, and they tend to adjust better when they can maintain a strong relationship with both parents. Consideration of their needs and stability is a key component to protecting their long-term interests.

The timing of a divorce is important for many reasons. A Kentucky family law attorney can help an individual understand what lies ahead and plan for the future, even if he or she is not ready to file. By seeking a case evaluation, a person can better understand what to expect from the divorce process.

Source: The Atlantic, "The Months When Most People Get Divorced", Olga Khazan, Aug. 23, 2016

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