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Divorce: A Seasonal Thing?

For the planners among us: January brings resolutions, February brings romance, and March brings... divorce? Apparently so, according to findings presented at the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. Associate sociology Prof. Julie Brines and doctoral candidate Brian Serafini, both from the University of Washington, explained that an increase of divorce filings in March and August became evident in a research study focused on uncovering the relationship between the recession and marital stability.

Sociologists examined divorce filings throughout Washington state from 2001 to 2015. They discovered that periods after typical family holidays strongly correlated with robust divorce filings. So much, in fact, that researchers are now planning to study the rest of the country to see if these findings will be replicated elsewhere. Naturally, this begs the question: Why are divorce filings more rampant during March and August?

Emotional impact of holidays

It's a well-known fact that the summer and winter holidays bring a mountain of emotions. Expectations for meaningful family time coupled with sentimental attachments to both seasons create a whirlpool of emotion. On one hand, couples may try to hold out on divorce during this time, thinking that the bonding rituals may repair fissures. When reality fails to meet expectations, however, one or both partners may decide it's time to cut ties. Likewise, all of the heightened expectations create stress and can amplify already-existing tension.

Longer days

Some professionals theorize that the increase of divorce filings during these months stems from the longer days. With more hours of sun, people tend to become more active. The increased day light and elevated mood may motivate more people to act. Not only do rates of divorce filings increase once people become more active, so do other familial court proceedings, such as guardianship, and rates of suicide.

Couples with children

The beginning of spring is often thought of as a time to start anew. For families with children, it's easy to understand how August -- with the beginning of the school year -- also seems that way. The start of a new school year may speed up the process for couples who have young children at home.

While there is obviously no idyllic time to initiate a divorce, it seems March and August are sufficient for many. Whether practical or emotional, it is during these months that many couples head to the courthouse.

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