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Summer and divorce planning

Divorce filings in Arizona and the rest of the United States tend to increase in August and March, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Washington. For the study, the researchers examined divorces from 2001 to 2015 that were filed in Washington.

One divorce attorney states that if there are issues in a marriage, those issues tend to intensify if a couple has to spend more time in each other's company. The spike in divorce filings tends to occur when such couples are able to get back to their routine after spending the winter holidays or the summer together.

Other attorneys state that they see an increase in divorce filings when children return to school in September and again in January with the arrival of a new year. According to the attorneys, people who plan to get a divorce should plan ahead for the process.

Divorce planning should begin months before the divorce petition is filed. For some individuals, summer is an ideal time to consult with a divorce attorney, financial advisor and close family members. They should think carefully about a divorce, whether it is the best solution for them and what they want to gain from the process.

It is important to begin to collect pertinent information. People who intend to file for divorce should know what is in their solely owned or joint checking and savings accounts. A list of all assets should be made, and important records such as credit card statements and phone records should be collected.

A divorce attorney may assist clients with navigating the divorce process. The attorney may file the divorce petition on behalf of a client. Litigation might be used to obtain the desired settlement terms for spousal support or property division.

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