Going through a breakup in your marriage can be hard. Even if you know that you are looking to divorce, it can be tough to know when the right time is. Could it be possible that the time of your divorce filing is predetermined?

A Washington state study has shown that filings for divorce consistently peak in two months: March and August. Why are these the months that divorce rates are highest?

March peak

Brines and Serafini, the researches of the report, suggest that more divorces are filed in March because it is right after the holidays. Holidays such as Christmas and Valentine’s Day tend to bring couples closer together. The couple and their family may think that deciding to divorce is inappropriate during this season. One or both of the married pair may attempt to give their relationship one final try. If the holidays do not live up to their expectations, divorce filings may follow.

August peak

August may seem like a random month for divorce filings to peak, but there is some reason to it. The high filing rates in August may affect married couples with children in school the most. The sociologists on the study suggest that when children are let out for school, families may decide to see if the relationship is redeemable over the summer months. If not, many choose to file for divorce right before their child starts school, as not to disrupt their studies.