by James J. Gross

A study at the University of Washington found that divorce filings peaked in March and August.

Trying to explain this phenomenon, Associate Professor Julie Brines said these months follow winter and summer family holidays.  Troubled couples may believe they can fix their relationships with a happy holiday or vacation, but in reality these times can bring even more stress and disappointment to the participants.

Couples with children may want to start a divorce before the new school year starts.

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