Tuesday, August 30, 2016
A recent study, analyzing 14 years of divorce data from 37 countries, finds that divorce filings spike twice a year following the annual schedule of family holidays. Divorce filings peak in March and August—March falling after winter holidays and Valentine’s Day while August follows July, the most popular month for vacation. November and December have the lowest occurrences of divorce filings. These findings represent a seasonal pattern. Specifically, family life often revolves around social clocks that recognize important dates, like holidays and birthdays. The theory turns on the idea that vacation realizes a time when couples are optimistic about the future of their relationships, but after spending time with their spouse on vacation, the stress recreates that unhappy feeling from before the vacation.
See Ben Steverman, Summer Vacations Can Lead to Divorce, Bloomberg, August 22, 2016.
Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.