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Divorce filings peak in Florida

For many Florida residents, August and September are a time of new beginnings. With the new school year under way, individuals around the state are in the process of rearranging their schedule and their personal lives. Many may be rearranging other matters as well, as August is known as a peak time of the year for filing for divorce.

According to a recent study, divorce filings peak twice a year. First, between December and March, there is an increased number of filings that follows the holiday season. Then, another peak occurs in August, which researchers believed was due to many families returning home from a stressful vacation or out of the desire to file for divorce before the new school year. The rates were similar in Florida and other states that were studied.

Ultimately, no matter what time of the year it occurs or the reason behind it, individuals going through a divorce have many different issues to consider. Families with school-aged children typically must address child custody issues, which go well beyond determining how to award custody and how to determine particular visitation rights and schedules.

For instance, the exchange of the child from one parent to another can become contentious, so it is important to be as detailed as possible in describing how these exchanges will take place when disputes are likely to arise. Moreover, the child's after-school activities may conflict with one parent's time with the child, and days off school can present challenges in determining which parent is responsible for staying with the child.

Accordingly, child custody issues, like other issues in the divorce, need the forethought and care that is required in order to address these potential problems at the front end. When disputes do arise, it is also important that parents understand their options for resolving the dispute, including when to involve the court and how that process unfolds.

Source: Livescience, "It's Splitsville: Divorce may be seasonal, study finds," Agata Blaszczak-Boxe, Aug. 23, 2016

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