High-profile media outlets cover Findlaw.com divorce study results: March is the new Divorce Month
January has long been perceived as “Divorce Month.” However, Findlaw.com recently released study results that showed searches for “divorce” and related phrases such as “family law” and “child custody” jumped 50 percent – from December 2010 to January 2011, and continued to surge through March 2011. An analysis of divorce filings using Westlaw revealed that filings in the U.S. consistently spike in January each year, but continue to rise in February and peak in March.
“While people may have been thinking about divorce for some time, and taking steps such as obtaining marital counseling, many men and women may put off the decision to file for divorce to avoid additional holiday season stress,” says Mark Ohnstad, a family law attorney with Minneapolis firm Thomson Nybeck. “And, couples with children may want to have one last holiday season together as a family.”