Divorce is seasonal, new research shows. It consistently peaks in March and August, following the winter and summer holidays.The study, believed to be the first quantitative evidence of a seasonal, biannual pattern, suggests divorce filings may be driven by a “domestic ritual” calendar governing family behavior.
Winter and summer holidays are culturally sacred times for families, 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.
“People tend to face the holidays with rising expectations, despite what disappointments they might have had in years past,” says Julie Brines associate professor of sociology at the University of Washington. Read full story….