Divorce rates peak at certain times of year, say researchers

It seems holidays aren't the best things for marriages after all...


Researchers Find Divorce is Seasonal, Peaking in 2 Months

New research from the University of Washington suggests that divorce is seasonal - with spikes in March and August.

These peaks seem to follow family vacations, says the team.

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So it seems that spending all that time together leads to families drifting apart.

The researchers believe it's the first quantitative evidence of a seasonal bi-annual pattern for divorce filings.

They analysed divorce filings in Washington state for a number of years to draw these conclusions, but believe this seasonal pattern is true across the US and possibly further.