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Did you know March is Divorce Month?

Over the last half decade or so, within the divorce industry, the month of March has earned the title "Divorce Month," as man Missouri lawyers and courts note a surge in divorce, or at the very least, divorce inquiries. With over 5.1 million views per month, leading consumer focused website, Findlaw.com says that searches for "divorce," "family law" and "child custody" jump 50 percent from December to January, and continues to run high through March. But, what would lead to such a spike in divorce during the month of March?

An author on divorce and leading marriage therapist reiterates this point, stating that 42 percent of women and 56 percent of men who cheat on their spouses do so during the holiday season. This in turn, often leads to breakups with their spouse in the following months.

But, other factors may come into play. For example, if children are involved, tension and a change in the household, depending upon a child custody ruling, may dramatically affect a child. To prevent this, parents may wish to delay a divorce until after the holiday season to not disrupt a child's happiness or excitement, heading into the holidays.

In addition, with parties, dinners with family and friends, travel and the exchange of presents often financially impacts a family. This leads to January and February as months paying down credit cards charges before proceeding with a divorce. Income taxes may also play a role, as one's marital status as of Dec. 31 of the previous year determines whether one files a joint or individual tax return. Many of these factors come into play for a couple contemplating divorce, and their decision making often leads them to file papers after the holidays, usually in the month of March.

Source: FindLaw.com, "March is Divorce Month," accessed on Feb. 23, 2016

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