We are entering the time of year that more divorces will be finalized than any other season. Why is divorce season now and why is it even a thing? There are a few theories as to the exact reason. What we do know is that a considerable amount of divorces take place at two very distinct times throughout the year.
Divorce may be a dirty word, but it happens. In fact, nearly half of all marriages in the United States end in divorce. Remarried couples divorce at an even higher rate.
There are mixed thoughts about whether divorce is ever good for the children in a family. Obviously, it would be ideal for families to stay together, but some people would argue that children might be better off without witnessing constant fighting or other negative behaviors from their parents. If either partner is abusive, divorce may be the only answer.
Everyone knows that divorce happens, but most people don't realize that there are two specific months of the year where a large number of them are finalized.
According to a new study about the seasonality of divorce, couples tend to file to dissolve their marriages in either March or August. Divorce proceedings take time, so the process is finalized a couple of months later, making right now one of the "divorce seasons".
The results were presented on Sunday at the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA). The researchers looked at divorce filings in Washington state between 2001 and 2015 and noticed that there were major peaks in both March and August.
These months are notable because they both follow holiday seasons where families tend to spend quality time together. It could be that struggling couples gave it one last chance and had high hopes for the holidays. Or maybe they just did not want to ruin the holidays for the rest of the family by announcing their separation.
If things are getting bad, it may be worth it to seek counseling over the holiday seasons.