The first quantitative evidence suggesting that there’s a pattern of filing for divorce has been found.

According to a new research from the University of Washington, sociologists conclude that there’s a seasonal, biannual upsurge in divorce rates.

However, data obtained from the study was limited to Washington state, US between a period of 2001 and 2015.

It was discovered that divorce rate consistently peaked in March and August, say Julie Brines, associate sociology professor and Brian Serafini, doctoral candidate.

The research will be presented at the 111th annual meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA).

Brines said: “People tend to face the holidays with rising expectations, despite what disappointments they might have had in years past.

“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.

“They’re very symbolically charged moments in time for the culture.”



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