Among family law attorneys, March is known as a busy time of the year for the initiation of divorce filings. Some estimates place the percentage of divorce cases filed during the first three months of the year between 35 to 45 percent of the annual total. As springtime begins, it seems that many unhappy spouses in Ohio and elsewhere are looking for their own source of renewal, and are ready to gain a fresh start.
The timing makes sense when one considers the flow of events that lead up to a divorce. In many cases, unhappy spouses put off filing for divorce as the holidays approach, not wanting to add a layer of disruption to what can already be a hectic and stressful time of the year. New Year's brings a period of reflection, which leads many people to decide that this will be the year that they make a change in their lives. It takes time to research the divorce process and find an attorney; often, the month of February is spent making plans and preparing to file. That leaves March as the month in which definitive action is taken, which includes actually having the papers drawn up and filed.