A new year often brings difficult and emotional personal decisions and reflections. While it may be an opportunity for new beginnings, it’s also the time of year when thousands of Americans research, contemplate, and consider separation and/or divorce. During 2019, Google Trends reports that the highest number of searches for the topic/search term of “divorce” in North Carolina happened between January 6 through January 12. (LINK: https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?geo=US-NC&q=%2Fm%2F0b03h ) The data trends also show interest by city. The military communities of Jacksonville (Onslow County) and Fayetteville (Cumberland County) showed high values during this specific time frame. According to Google Trends, values are calculated on a scale from 0 to 100, where 100 is the location with the most popularity as a fraction of total searches in that location, a value of 50 indicates a location which is half as popular.

Top Interest of “Divorce” Topic by City:

  1. Jacksonville: 100
  2. Fayetteville: 91
  3. Hope Mills: 88
  4. Garner: 85
  5. Cary: 80
  6. Indian Trail: 78
  7. Mooresville: 78
  8. High Point: 74
  9. Charlotte: 74
  10. Concord: 73

Of course, this data doesn’t mean that everyone who searched the word “divorce” during January of 2019 was in fact going to get a divorce. However, with such an increase in the search during that specific time frame in North Carolina, we can assume that some spouses did, in fact, follow through with separation and/or divorce. As a divorce attorney, child of divorce, and divorcee… this Google search trend for the month of January 2019 doesn’t surprise me. My office is busy year-round, but I do notice many couples waiting to separate until after the fall and winter holiday seasons, especially when children are involved. In a typical North Carolina case, the spouses must be legally separated (living separate and apart) for one year before filing for divorce. If you and your spouse are moving forward with ending your marriage, I want you to know that you’re not alone. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, half of all marriages end in divorce. Meanwhile, over a ten-year period (2007-2017), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 18 million people experienced the dissolution of marriage. Most of those marriages ended through traditional litigation, which is known to be a painful, prolonged, and expensive process. In my role as a Collaborative Divorce attorney, I work to help couples avoid that unpredictable procedure which often leads to a combative courtroom. Collaborative Divorce relies on mediation, awareness, and understanding. This process of empowerment and mindfulness demonstrates respect, while saving time and money for the couple. It’s also proven to be a better option for families looking to implement shared parenting. I’ve been through this and I’m here to help you and your family. Click here (LINK: https://anrlaw.wpengine.com/contact/ ) to contact our office for more information if you are interested in utilizing the Collaborative Divorce process. We can schedule a private orientation meeting so that you can better understand the process and the different options available to you.

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