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Interest in divorce and family law spikes in March

Otherwise a relatively undistinguished month, March is now becoming known - unofficially, of course - as national divorce month. A couple of popular legal websites report sizable increases this month in divorce-related search terms, such as "child custody" and "family law."

Moreover, for the past two years, the top search term on one of those legal websites has been "divorce." With marital disharmony apparently peaking in March, collaborative law and mediation can help some avoid court and find a fresh start.

In a way, it makes a lot of sense. This time of year, people are busy filing their taxes, performing spring cleaning, and otherwise getting their households in order. It follows that considering the composition of one's household might also be a timely concern.

The state of the economy might also be a factor behind the seasonal surge. When the recession was at its worst, many couples chose to postpone or delay divorce, fearing a split would worsen existing financial or emotional strain. However, as the jobless rate has fallen slightly in past months, online requests for family law information have risen.

Information on the Internet can be overwhelming, though, which is one reason why many Texas residents turn to collaborative law. Instead of using traditional adversarial procedures, mediation is a cooperative process that treats all parties as valued stakeholders.

In Texas, mediators come from a variety of occupational backgrounds, including attorneys familiar with settlement processes. During mediation, the lawyer acts as an impartial third party, and strives to reach a win-win conclusion.

Source: KPLU, "Why most people get divorced in March," Evan Hoover, March 6, 2012

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