New data supports the theory that divorce spikes after the holidays, but it turns out the trend is not limited to January. In fact, more and more people file for divorce throughout the winter, peaking in late March. This arguably makes March “divorce month” in the United States.

This assertion is based on a study of divorce filings across the country between 2008 and 2011. Wanting to wait until after the holiday season to begin divorce proceedings is likely one big factor. This artificially inflates the first part of the year with divorces that otherwise would have been filed in November and December.

A February holiday may also be involved. Some observers say that people search the Internet for information about divorce attorneys around Valentine’s Day. As the unofficial celebration of romantic love, Valentine’s Day is surely a time for many people to assess their marriages, and decide whether those relationships can be saved.

If this information is correct, we are currently in the busiest week of the year for new divorces. It is a good time to look at some data on American divorce.

According to WKBW-TV, the average marriage that ends in divorce lasts eight years. Nationally, there are approximately 876,000 divorces per year. That works out to 2,400 divorces per day, or one divorce every 37 seconds.

These national statistics and trends are interesting, but when an individual in Buffalo is going through divorce, they need personal attention to their unique circumstances and goals. Working with an experienced divorce attorney is the best way for them to get a fair property settlement and child custody arrangement.