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Is the summer a good time to get divorced?

If you need to get divorced, any time can be the right time. Maybe you’re stuck in an abusive marriage. Maybe your spouse struggles with addiction and is harming the family financially. Maybe they have changed a lot since you got married and you just cannot do it any longer. When you need to move forward with your life, you can do it, regardless of the time of year.

That said, it is interesting to note that divorce rates tend to drop a bit in the spring, after an early-year spike, and then hold steady at this lower rate for the whole summer. Everything from about April to August looks roughly the same. The rate then spikes again right around September, only to fall to its lowest level around Christmas.

Why does the graph look like this? One thing to consider is the children are home from school over the summer. Some divorcing parents may wait until the new school year starts again so that they can handle the divorce process without also having to watch the kids. They just have more time.

The summer divorce rate is higher than the winter holidays, though, which couples really try to avoid. This is why there is a massive spike early in the year when people have finished the holidays and sent the children back to school, making spring one of the most popular times for divorce.

Again, you don’t have to follow this pattern, but it is good to think about how when you file for divorce may impact your life. You also want to look into the legal steps you’ll need to take.