As practising Family Solicitors looking at the trends over the years there appears to be a spike following summer vacation and the Christmas break.
Looking further into this, it appears that troubled couples may see the holidays as a time to perhaps soothe relationships and address underlying issues by being away from their usual daily setting. In reality, it appears that vacations may worsen underlying tensions and conflict for couples as it can be emotionally charged and stressful for many. Therefore, that serves to only expose cracks in a marriage especially when the vacation time does not live up to their high expectation.
It may be that when things do not quite pan out as hoped, some couples may make a conscious decision to file for divorce/separate following the family vacation, and before the kids start back at school. Similarly, there appears to be spikes in March, a few months after the winter holidays.
Usually once it is established that there are no real prospects of making the relationship work, it is important to take sensible steps in the interests of the children and it may be considered that a 50/50 parenting arrangement is a good way forward. This arrangement allows both parents to maintain a strong relationship with the children despite their separation. Shared parenting is usually a positive experience when the parents are able to cooperate to create a workable plan that respects the bond between both parents and each child.
It is important to note that not all separations need to be complicated and matters can be resolved amicably. If you are experiencing difficulties but do not know what to do, then why not give us a call on 0121 702 1580 to speak to one of our specialist solicitors to talk through the options available to you.