Think it’s stressful going back to work after a vacation? Well, now you may get divorced too.
There is new evidence of a seasonal, biannual pattern of filings for divorce, and researchers have found that they consistently peaked in March and August, the periods following winter and summer holidays, new research from University of Washington sociologists concludes.
Associate sociology professor Julie Brines and doctoral candidate Brian Serafini presented the research at the American Sociological Association in Seattle, saying that divorce filings may be driven by a “domestic ritual” calendar governing family behavior.
“Winter and summer holidays are culturally sacred times for families,” Julie said, “when filing for divorce is considered inappropriate, even taboo. And troubled couples may see the holidays as a time to mend relationships and start anew: We’ll have a happy Christmas together as a family or take the kids for a nice camping trip, the thinking goes, and things will be better.
The good news is that if it didn’t feel like divorce season already, you’re probably not on the verge of filing. The bad news is March and August come once a year, so consider being extra careful leading up to those months. If you’re really worried, there are graphs that will give you a better idea of your divorce odds. Either way, congratulations on making it through another season (turn, turn, turn). via Your Chances Of Getting Divorced Could Depend On The Time Of Year
The probable reason could be couples are already going through trouble within their relationship, but have heightened sense of the problem during the vacation and made up their mind to file for divorce.
“That leads me to think that it takes some time emotionally for people to take this step,” said Brines. “Filing for divorce, whether you do it by mail or appear in court, is a big step.”
Researchers believe that this is the first research to provide a seasonal pattern of filing for divorce. The research was initially not focused on to find a pattern in divorce filings but as the researchers continued to look at the filings obtained from different counties across Washington state, they have noticed variations from month to month and were surprised to a see a constant pattern emerge.
“It was very robust from year to year and very robust across counties.”Brines said.
The pattern persisted even after accounting on other factors such as unemployment and decline in house values.