Why do Divorce Cases Peak After The Summer And Winter Holidays In Canada?

Why do Divorce Cases Peak After The Summer And Winter Holidays In Canada?

British Columbia residents may be surprised to learn that there is evidence that suggests that ending marriages may be linked to the seasons. Among other studies, research was done in 2014 to determine at which times of the year Google searches for divorce peak. The results indicated dramatic rises in March and August and many fewer in December. A discerning fact was that searches for negative moods, such as stress, anxiety and depression, peaked during the same months as those for divorce.

More detailed studies were done by the University of Washington in which all divorce filings from 2001 through 2015 were analysed. Researchers believe that family traditions bring high expectations of happy times for the summer and winter holidays. However, if there are already cracks in a marriage, a holiday is not likely to mend it.

On the other hand, holidays that are typically regarded as culturally sacred, such as Christmas and Easter, seem to bring about very few divorce filings. It was also noted that many people spend several months contemplating — and maybe planning — between deciding to divorce and filing the paperwork for divorce. Statistics from four American states confirmed these filings.

It would be interesting to see whether a similar study in British Columbia would yield the same results. Whenever a person decides that divorce is the only way forward, legal advice may be invaluable. Although there is never a shortage of advice from friends and family who have gone through divorces themselves, the dynamics of every divorce is unique and skilled advice from an experienced divorce professional may ensure a stable post-divorce financial and emotional life.


Stuart Zukerman

Stuart Zukerman, a graduate of the University of British Columbia, has over 32 years of experience in litigation with a focus on Family Law, Personal Injury, Wrongful Dismissal claims, and Collaborative Divorce & Mediation. He has extensive trial experience in divorce, child custody, spousal support, asset division, and ICBC injury claims. As an accredited Family Law Mediator, he helps resolve disputes without court intervention. Stuart has also authored papers on family law and lectured at CLE courses.