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Could your summer vacation lead to divorce?

There is a season for everything, it's claimed, and that also applies to divorce. Sociologists at a university in another state studied seasonal patterns in divorce petition filings and discovered that there were upticks in the spring and also late summer, with many petitioners choosing to follow a divorce on the heels of a shared family vacation.

The researchers' findings indicate that certain domestic rituals like holiday celebrations and family vacations may trigger divorces in couples with already shaky bonds.

Before you cancel any vacation reservations you might have already made, let's look at the reasoning behind this hypothesis.

Couples who aren't getting along well may put all their relationship eggs in a single basket, hoping that the holidays or a vacation can be a cure-all panacea for their relationship ills. When this last-ditch effort fails to resuscitate the dying marriage, the parties may then throw in the towel for good.

It's rather unfair to allow the fate of your marriage to hinge on the outcome of a holiday celebration or vacation plans. It might be better to arrange for couple's counseling upon your return than to be in such a hurry to pull the plug on your relationship.

Still, there's wisdom in knowing when to call it quits. If you can't stand to be in the same room with your spouse any longer, it's not very likely that the marriage can be repaired. But before you take any actions that you may later regret, seek legal advice from a Fort Lauderdale family law attorney. Then, armed with the information you need to proceed, you and your attorney can strategize to get you the optimum property settlement to allow you to move forward in your newly-single life.

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