In most cases, summer should be a time to enjoy the endless sunshine, warm weather, barbecues and fun. According to USA Today, it is also when divorce filings begin to add up.
If there is trouble in your marriage, summer may be the time to start looking into whether divorce is right for you.
What changes about marriage in the summer?
Parents do not always give summer enough credit for the stress it can bring to your marriage. Many families spend more time together during the warmer months. You may plan vacations and family outings. While you may enjoy having the kids home, they can also add stress to the household. If your marriage already has issues, the summer can exacerbate them.
Why should you use summer to your advantage?
Sometimes, summer gives you more time to think about the state of your current relationship. Life sometimes slows down in the summer and you have an opportunity to look deeper at your relationship. Reflect on why you may want a divorce while also taking stock of your assets. You may want to start collecting records you may need for a divorce, including credit card and tax statements.
Try to have difficult conversations with your spouse and if you decide divorce is right for you, continue the conversation with your children. While you should always wait until you have a clear plan for the future before you speak to your kids, you have the advantage of your kids being home during the summer to talk about the conflict within the family and how you plan to resolve it.