Breakups suck and they’re inevitable, but thanks to scientific analysis, we now know the two times of year people divorce the most, so we can be on high alert.
According to new research presented by sociologists Brian Serafini and Julie Brines at the American Sociological Association’s annual meeting, people tend to break things off with their spouse at the end of winter, and also at the end of the summer. That's coming soon, so watch out.
Research analysis backs up that timing. It demonstrated that divorce filings in the state of Washington over a 14-year-period (2001-2015) peaked in March and August, always at the end of the winter and summer.
The researchers wrote that they believe divorce rates spike in March because “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.”
More like getting drunk on mulled wine and fighting over the Christmas gift budget.
As for the August breakups, “Brines thinks the start of the school year school may hasten the timing, at least for couples with children. Suicides also tend to peak in spring, and some experts have said the longer days and increased activity elevates mood enough to motivate people to act. Brines wonders if similar forces are at play with divorce filings.” Dark stuff, my friends.
So hey—be nice to your partner in March and August or you might end up spending the fall and spring looking for a new one.