Love Fades with Last Rays of Summer

Divorce business booms as kids go to school and vacations end
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2007 8:06 PM CDT
"Life's short. Get a divorce" urges a Chicago law firms ad campaign.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – The romance of summer ends in a “bonanza for divorce lawyers,” experts say, as couples release pent-up anger and decide to call it quits. Many spouses prefer not to disrupt summer vacations, or they enjoy “extracurricular activities” when one spends time apart at a summer home. But as the leaves fall, relationships also come to an end, ABC News reports.

Other reasons why autumn divorces are filed “like clockwork," as one lawyer puts it: The kids are away at school, out of troubled homes, and therapists – at least in NYC – are back from vacation to hear about marital woes. Yet some say that fewer of the country’s 870,000 annual divorces are happening after summer. “People are smarter and don't want to wait out those periods," one lawyer says.