Divorce season is here. As summer comes to an end and fall approaches, sociologists say that August is the peak month for splitting up.
According to Slate, associate sociology professor Julie Brines and doctoral candidate Brian Serafini from the University of Washington found that the peak times for divorces happen in August and earlier in the year in March. Why? According to them, these months follow summer and winter vacations and are times when couples rethink the future of their relationships.
“People tend to face the holidays with rising expectations, despite what disappointments they might have had in years past,” Brines said. “They represent periods in the year when there’s the anticipation or the opportunity for a new beginning, a new start, something different, a transition into a new period of life.”
The researchers studied divorces in Washington, Ohio, Minnesota, Florida and Arizona as well, proving that the seasonal phenomenon happens across the country.
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