Summer means flip-flops, barbecues, sunshine and ... peak divorce season?
With children out of school and family vacations planned, summer can be a time that adds stress to many marriages. But it can also be a time to start planning for divorce if a spouse is considering it, family law and psychology experts say.
Divorce filings consistently tick up in August and March, according to a study presented in 2016 at the American Sociological Association. The research, done by University of Washington sociologists, analyzed filings in Washington state between 2001 and 2015 and found the biannual pattern.
If there are problems in the marriage, they often get exacerbated when couples spend more time together if things are not going well, and then we see that spike when they return to their routine.