SEATTLE, Washington — It turns out a summer vacation and celebrating the holidays might be bad for your marriage.
Researchers at the University of Washington found those are the two times of year when couples are most likely to file for divorce.
According to the UK Daily Mail, researchers analyzed divorce filings between 2001 and 2015.
They found they consistently peaked in March and August, the periods following Christmas and New Years and summer vacations.
“People tend to face the holidays with rising expectations, despite what disappointments they might have had in years past,” doctoral candidate Brian Serafini of the University of Washington 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. It’s like an optimism cycle, in a sense.”
Couples also file for divorce in August, after the family vacation and before the kids start school.