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Couples might want to put a little effort into their just before March and August every year. Sociologists have identified spikes in the number of divorces filed in these two months. Researchers from the University of Washington analysed for divorces filed in the U.S. state of Washington between 2001 and 2015. There were 25,000 divorces filed in the state in 2014 . The scientists found that over the 14-year of the study, divorce peaked in August, after the summer holidays, and in March, after the Christmas and New Year holidays. Some researchers said the divorces could be to problems caused by the winter and summer holidays.

Researcher Julie Brines suggested that the anti- felt after the build-up to holidays, and the holidays , may leave couples feeling stressed and . She said: "People tend to face the holidays with expectations, despite what they might have had in years past." She added: "[Holidays] represent periods in the year when there's the or the opportunity for a new , a new start, something different, a transition into a new period of . It's like an cycle." Couples generally spend more time in closer proximity to each other during holidays, which may actually exacerbate tensions rather than rekindle .

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