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Couples might want to a little extra effort into their marriage just before March and August every year. Sociologists have annual spikes in the number of divorces in these two months. Researchers from the University of Washington data for divorces filed in the U.S. state of Washington between 2001 and 2015. There almost 25,000 divorces filed in the state in 2014 alone. The scientists that over the 14-year period of the study, divorce rates in August, after the summer holidays, and in March, after the Christmas and New Year holidays. Some researchers the divorces could due to financial problems by the winter and summer holidays.

Researcher Julie Brines that the anti-climax after the build-up to holidays, and the holidays themselves, may couples feeling stressed and deflated. She said: "People to face the holidays with rising expectations, despite what disappointments they might have in years past." She : "[Holidays] 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." Couples generally more time in closer proximity to each other during holidays, which may actually tensions rather than romance.

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