Nope, it's not January.
According to a new study by the American Sociological Association there is a seasonal pattern to divorce rates. After analysing data between 2001 and 2015, researchers found that divorce rates were highest in March and August. Yep, it’s currently peak divorce season, people.
The study made the link between high levels of divorces and the time couples tend to return from holiday. Maybe holiday blues really are a thing? But that is not the reason the researchers gave for the biannual spike.
They suggested it was because couples often feel more positive while on holiday, or are likely to use a trip away as a last ditch attempt to save a failing relationship. They think “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’.”
However, when they return and this proves not to be the case, reality hits, and couples are likely to separate.
Julia Brines, one of the researchers and a sociology professor at the University of Washington, commented that “winter and summer holidays are culturally sacred times for families,” and therefore divorce during this time might be seen as “taboo”. Subsequently, this causes an increase in divorce rates after these periods.
Not cheery stuff. On a positive note, if you and your partner make it through August and into the autumn, maybe you’re onto a winner?