Couples should think more about their marriage just before March and August each year. Sociologists found the number of divorces increased sharply in these two months. Researchers looked at data for divorces filed in the USA between 2001 and 2015. They found that divorce rates peaked after the summer holidays and after the Christmas and New Year holidays. Researchers said this could be because of money problems caused by the holidays.
Researcher Julie Brines suggested that couples felt down when the holidays were over. She said: "People tend to face the holidays with rising expectations." She added: "[Holidays] represent periods in the year when there's the…opportunity for a new beginning, a new start, something different." Couples spend more time together during holidays. This may actually make tensions between them worse rather than bring them closer together.