Study defines March and August as divorce seasons in most Washington counties

Study defines March and August as divorce seasons in most Washington counties

A prolonged study on divorce rates in Washington over a period of 14 years claimed that the divorce rates are highest in the months of March and August during a year. Study researchers defined this trend as seasonal divorce. According to them, many people receive less than the expected from their relationship during holiday and when the vacations are over they decide to split up.

The study analyzed trends of divorce filling on Washington state counties between 2001 and 2015. Only two small and rural counties were not considered. It found that rate of divorce filing in many of the large counties was more by 33% between December and March than in other time of the year. In King County, the average number of divorce filing over study period was 430 in the month of December, the number increased to an average of 520 filings in March.

The researchers in their explanation for this pattern suggested that people make decision to separate in December during holidays and it takes them months to finally file divorce. And month of March became an appropriate time for them to file for divorce as the feel completely ready by then. That is why the rate of divorce filing was higher in March than December.

The study presented this week at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association in Seattle also stated that the rate also was high during the month of August. This could be due in the month that comes following the time of holiday when most people realize it’s time to end their relationship.

There are certain limitations to the study findings, according to H. Wolfinger, a professor of family and consumer studies at the University of Utah. Wolfinger said the study only analyzed the dates when couples filed for divorce instead of considering when theystopped living together that is an exact time when the marriages brake.