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Research shows summertime surge in divorce

We are in the middle of perhaps the best Butler County season. Summertime's warm days are long, children are out of school and people are outdoors enjoying picnics, sports, fireworks and more.

For some, though, the heat brings desperation: they are trying to save their marriages with last-ditch efforts such as family vacations. When those efforts don't pan out, divorce can be an unpleasant reality that couples have to face. If you are going through these kinds of dog days of summer, you might take comfort in knowing you are not alone. A university study shows that the most common months to divorce are August and March.

University of Washington researchers said they were trying to determine what impact recession had on divorce when they analyzed data from Washington state from 2001 through 2015.

They found instead that the calendar has an enormous, perhaps greater impact on people in struggling marriages.

Many people do not want to divorce over the holidays that are strewn across the end of the year: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. And shortly after those family-oriented events comes Valentine's Day, of course.

Put it all together and it is perhaps clear why many couples wait until March to sit down with divorce attorneys and begin the process of ending their marriages.

Summertime offers those vacations with the kids -- and again, those fading hopes of saving marriages.

Researchers are expanding their analyses to Ohio and other states, and are apparently finding similar indications of seasonal divorce decision-making.

You can discuss your legal needs with an experienced Hamilton family law attorney. 

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