There’s long been evidence that there are certain times of year that are popular for divorce. But passive-aggressive Facebook drama isn’t exactly quantifiable data, so a new study from the University of Washington has provided some actual numbers to support the trend.
Study: These are the peak times for divorce
Researchers from the university plotted the number of divorce filings in Washington state between 2001 and 2015. The results show two very specific yearly peaks in March and August, a high plateau between these times and a significant drop in the fall months. Let’s call it the “Cat of Sadness.”
According to experts, the reason for the seasons boil down to common sense. Julie Brines, an associate sociology profession at UW who coauthored the study, says the patterns mirror a “domestic ritual calendar.”
Let’s say you’re a person who wants to get divorced. When do you pull the trigger? Certainly not around the holiday months. What are you, a monster? Spring might be better, but the kids are still in school, and frankly, that’s a mess you’d like to avoid.
“People don’t want to be accused by friends, family that they were heartless right before Christmas,” family and divorce lawyer Miles Mason told CNN in 2014.