Divorce Patterns: Higher Rates after Vacations
According to a new study, more people get divorced after summer and winter vacations, in August and March. Researchers suggest that couples may look to vacations or the holidays to fix the problems in their relationships, but those high expectations seldom are realized.
For many couples, filing for divorce involves sorting financial information, getting a lawyer—and perhaps, most importantly—finding the courage to proceed. According to researchers, couples with children go through this process faster in the summer than in the winter-spring because late August/early September is back-to-school time.
The study accounted for other factors, including unemployment and local housing markets, and found the divorce patterns remained clear. The seasonal peaks in divorce rates were also consistent in areas with simpler processes for divorce, as well as those where getting divorced is more complicated.
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