Divorce filings appear to peak in March and August, according to a recent study by University of Washington researchers.

A sociology professor and a doctoral candidate looked at the number of divorce filings in 37 counties in Washington state over a 14-year period. The study found “evidence of a pronounced and durable ‘seasonal’ pattern in the timing of filings for divorce.”

While parents were more likely to divorce during those months, couples without children also had the same peaks in divorce filings. The researchers believe that the peak during March is due to the winter holidays and vacations that seem to bring optimism to those in troubled marriages. After Christmas and New Year’s, people are more likely to realize that they are even more unhappy than before the holidays and vacations. It can take time, though, to deal with bills from Christmas and to find an attorney.

Another thing the researchers noted was that the March and August peaks were very similar to the patterns of suicide in the U.S.

If you are considering divorce, it’s important to make sure your goals aren’t based on emotions alone. Working with an experienced attorney can help you determine what to fight for in your divorce to help you set yourself up right after the divorce. This may include fighting for child custody, alimony, child support or property division in specific ways. Your attorney can help you realize that some of your decisions may not be in your best interests or in the best interests of your children. This can help you learn how to proceed to ensure you will have the life you want after your New York divorce.

Source: Bloomberg, “Summer Vacations Can Lead to Divorce,” Ben Steverman, Aug. 22, 2016