They say the one easy way to test the strength of a relationship is to go on a vacation together. And to be honest, it’s a valid suggestion. Navigating a foreign land, hanging out 24/7 and creating an itinerary requires a lot of teamwork and communication. I mean, didn’t anyone else learn this lesson after watching Ashton Kutcher and Brittany Murphy in Just Married? But now that theory is not just an ancient piece of advice. It’s scientifically proven.

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During a recent study, presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, researchers at the University of Washington discovered when most couples file for divorce, and shocker: The highest rates were after the winter holidays and summer vacation.

According to the New York Post, researchers looked at divorce filings in Washington between the years 2001 and 2015. They found that most happened in March and August. Basically, couples either don’t want to divorce over the holidays or they use the time as a last ditch effort to reconnect, and if that doesn’t happen, they officially split shortly after. Either that, or Christmas at the in-laws just got to be much too much.

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