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When summer ends, why do marriages end, too?

Sadly, summer is in our rear view mirror now. September is in full swing. School has started. The air is getting cooler. Is the temp in your marriage cooling down, too?

If so, you are not unlike the relatively greater number of other couples who choose this time of year to divorce. A university study shows that there are two times when divorce filings peak. We are in the midst of one of those peaks now.

The following are a few theories about why the August/September time results in more divorces:

No guilt of the summer

Summer is supposed to be a fun, more relaxed time of year. There is especially more pressure for summer to be care-free for those who have younger kids. Couples might want to try to enjoy the summer before diving into the seriousness of a divorce. 

Hope of summer is over

The parties and vacation of summer offer a promise of the rekindling of romance. But if the bonfires, beach days and road trips didn't reignite the flame in a couple's marriage, they might know that there is little hope left. As the summer ends, these couples simply get to the end of their ropes. It is time to move forward with a family change.

These reported peak times for divorce are based on limited research, but what do you think? Do you think there is a truth to this theory that applies here in Kansas as well as other parts of the country? Did the time of year impact your divorce decision? How and why?

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