March is the biggest month for divorce

Maryland readers may be interested to note that more divorces take place in March than in any other month, according to a recent news report.

Divorce filings start to increase in January and generally reach their highest point in March. There is no definitive answer as to why so many separations occur in March, but there are theories.

One theory is that spouses grow tired of each other during the winter, as they are cooped up together indoors for months on end. By March, they have had all they can take. Maryland winters may not be as bitter cold as in some places, but there is no doubt that the weather gets cold and snowy enough to keep residents inside much of the time.

Others think that the change in weather alone is enough to cause the spike in divorces. The temperature starts to warm up, plants turn green, and animals become active. Spring brings with it an inspiration for new beginnings, including a desire to end old relationships. Such an atmosphere may especially induce no-fault divorce, in which a person can go their own way without having to prove any wrongdoing on behalf of their partner.

Another theory is that the March-divorce phenomenon results from the stress brought on by the holiday season. Financial troubles, dealing with the spouse’s family, and pressure to be happy can all drive a wedge in a relationship. Roughly half of spousal cheating takes place around the late-year holiday season, according to reports.

Discovering that a spouse cheated during the holidays can also spur partners to seek divorce. Infidelity is a valid reason for divorce under Maryland law, although it is no longer required due to “no fault” divorce, which allows couples to state simply that the relationship is no longer working.

Yet another proposed reason behind March’s divorce rates is that taxes are at the forefront of people’s minds in March, thus causing financial concerns to trigger breakups.