You may have heard of couples splitting up after the festive season or during the summer holidays. But is the phenomenon a coincidence or is there something going on here?

According to Elizabeth Green Lindsey, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), "Divorce filings are cyclical" and tend to follow the school year.

"Some [couples] wait until school resumes in the fall or the youngest child is off to college," Lindsey said. "Filings taper off around the holidays, as people do not want to disturb family gatherings. Then, post Christmas, filings tend to pick up and taper off in the spring as graduations and final exams approach. And in the early summer, there can be an uptick in divorce filings if the parties were waiting for the end of the school year."

A study conducted in 2016 by sociologists at the University of Washington (UW) indicated that from 2001 to 2015, divorce peaked during March and August, just after the winter and summer holidays.

A new start, maybe?

The holiday season is generally considered to be an inappropriate time to file for divorce, associate sociology professor