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Why divorces tend to rise during and after the holidays

On Behalf of | Dec 14, 2023 | Divorce |

Many families gathered around tables and exchanged gifts during the holiday season. However, the holidays may have also strained relationships in Louisiana.

For example, the pressure to create the perfect family celebration may have magnified existing issues, lead to increased tensions and, in some cases, the decision to part ways.

Seasonal stressors

Louisiana has 2.2 divorces per 1,000 people. In many instances, people realize during the holiday season that they do not want to stay in a marriage.

One contributing factor is the stress that comes with the season. Financial pressures associated with gift-giving and holiday expenses often strain marriages that are already facing economic challenges. Additionally, the expectations of creating a picture-perfect holiday experience can overwhelm couples, leading to conflicts otherwise dormant throughout the year.

Reflection and resolutions

We’re already well into the new year, and many people have had the chance to engage in self-reflection. They evaluate their lives and consider changes for the future. The symbolic transition to another year prompts some couples to reevaluate their relationships and make decisions about their long-term happiness. This period of introspection can lead to the realization that a fresh start is necessary for personal growth.

Family dynamics

If the holiday season and the thoughts that came with it left you feeling alone and worried, you’re not alone. The end of the year can feature underlying family tensions that can surface and exacerbate existing marital issues. The pressure to present a united front for the sake of family harmony can strain relationships further, prompting couples to reassess their commitment to a marriage that may no longer be sustainable.

While joy and unity often symbolize the holidays, a combination of stressors contributes to the decision of couples to part ways as the year ended. Wanting a new chapter around the holidays and the beginning of the new year is a widely felt phenomenon.