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Summertime in California conjures up images of hot summer days by the seaside, ice cream trucks playing music, sprinklers, pool parties, summer camping excursions, in-law vacations, kids sleeping in, scorching temperatures, and for unhappily married couples…waiting for the appropriate moment to file for divorce.
If you’re truly considering divorce, there’s a lot to consider, including the timing of your divorce. Do you file for divorce now that the kids are out of school, or do you wait until the fall to do so? There is no “one size fits all” response to this issue, but we can tell you that the busiest months for divorces are September and January; these are the actual divorce seasons. But why is this the case?
Couples with children frequently wish to postpone their divorce filing until after summer vacations and the Christmas season are officially ended. Mom and Dad, for example, will want to spend one last summer vacation together as a family before divorcing. Alternatively, they may wish to enjoy one final holiday season together before calling it quits.
What About Couples Who Don’t Have Children?
Couples without children are not subjected to the same restrictions as parents with small children at home. As a result, it’s rare for a married couple to wish to spend “one final summer together” or “one last Christmas or Hanukkah together.”
On the contrary, if a childless couple is unhappy, they will likely desire to divorce as soon as possible. In some cases, though, a couple may have a family summer wedding to attend or non-refundable vacation tickets to purchase, and in those cases, they may prefer to wait until the divorce is more convenient.
When is it Better to Divorce in the Summer?
Even if they have children together, some couples find that a summer divorce is preferable. This is especially true when domestic violence or psychological abuse are involved. It is not a healthy atmosphere for the innocent spouse and children if the home environment is plagued by physical abuse towards a spouse or children, verbal abuse, manipulation, and excessive control.
The children may not be victimized by physical abuse themselves, but they may witness spousal abuse. This setting is extremely poisonous, and no family vacation should ever be prioritized over the emotional well-being of the children. Psychological abuse (emotional abuse) is classified as domestic violence under California law, so it should not be overlooked or overlooked.
Signs of psychological abuse in a marriage include:
If you have been subjected to physical or psychological abuse, you should consider filing for divorce as soon as possible. Emotional abuse frequently precedes physical aggression, and verbal abuse frequently escalates into full-fledged physical abuse. Even if verbal abuse never escalates to physical abuse, it can be just as devastating, and if there are children at home who are witnesses to or victims of such abuse, it is critical that it be stopped.
Getting Ready for Your Divorce
The preparations are the same whether you get divorced during the summer or later. And the greater your preparation, the better. Here’s how to get started on your divorce preparations:
We hope you found this information useful. Contact the California divorce company of Spodek Law Group now to book a free case evaluation with a compassionate and skilled member of our legal team. We look forward to serving you.
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