According to a recent study referenced by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), the University of Washington reported noticeably higher divorce filing rates in both August and March. What is so significant about these two months of the year?
August, in particular, is well-known for being a month of family and summer fun. End-of-summer vacations are likely, and the beginning of the school year isn’t far ahead. For couples who were already facing marital challenges, increased family time can sometimes lead to increased awareness of the problems. The stress of getting the children prepared and back to school can bring its own set of challenges.
The end of winter or beginning of spring marks another high season for divorce filings. Spring breaks and the Easter holiday are popular times for vacation and spending time with family. Much like the end of summer, this increase in family time can mean the exacerbation of old problems. Tax season occurs at this time as well, increasing awareness of potential financial concerns for an already challenged couple.
What does it mean to “divorce differently”?
The IACP is a global membership organization of professionals that seeks to help divorcing couples keep their children and their interests out of the court. The Collaborative Process is an alternative to the often-antagonistic world of traditional divorce by allowing couples the power to decide the terms and outcome of their divorce.
Unlike the head-to-head method of traditional divorce, a collaborative divorce encourages a team-based, mutual agreement approach by which the couple can address all aspects of their separation. This alternative helps remove the combativeness of divorce and place importance on the mutually-beneficial resolution to legal, financial, mental-health, and child interest concerns without the intervention of a judge.
The Collaborative Process is an increasingly more attractive and popular alternative to traditional divorce. What better time to highlight the benefits of such an alternative than in the month of August when divorcing couples are most in need of a more family-centric resolution to their problems.
Carina Leeson, an experienced family law attorney at the Kendrick Law Group, collaborative practitioner, and member of the IACP, encourages all her clients to consider the Collaborative Process as an option for their divorce case. Whether you are a professional considering collaborative practice, a couple currently looking to file for divorce, or just an interested reader wanting to know more, Carina encourages you to check out IACP’s Collaborative Divorce video, linked below.