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Your family vacation could influence when you file for divorce

Unpacking is usually one of the first things people do when returning home from vacation, but for some in New Jersey, something a little more serious might be at the top of the to-do list. With seasonal peaks for divorce filings already, researchers now believe the trend might be tied to more than just the weather. Family vacations appear to be fueling the regular rise and fall of divorces.

Researchers noted that while family vacations are not necessarily the cause of divorce, they can have a profound impact on couples who are already experiencing marital trouble. This is especially true of couples who choose to take vacations in an effort to reconnect or patch things up. In general, these vacations actually raise tensions and lead to added conflict. They can also highlight existing cracks in a marriage.

The published study was based on divorce filing data from 2001 to 2015. The data noted a sizeable increase in filings in both March as well as August, which are months that typically follow the winter and summer vacations. Children heading back to school in August might also have an influence on the matter, although its link to divorce is less clear.

Most people in New Jersey put considerable thought and consideration into divorce before they file, during which they might consider both the reasons for the divorce as well as the best time to do so. This can give divorcees ample time to prepare for the upcoming proceedings. By gathering all necessary financial documents and other relevant information beforehand, the actually proceedings can typically go much smoother and faster, ultimately leading to an agreeable divorce settlement.

Source: parentherald.com, "Couples Are More Likely To Divorce After Going On Family Vacations", Olivia Reese, Sept. 23, 2016

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