A new study suggests that whilst the children were enjoying the lack of school and the freedom to play in the sun or rain, the summer holidays are placing more strain on parents’ marriages than any other time in the year.
Financial stress on top of the necessity to balance work and childcare during the summer holidays could be partly to blame for as many as a fifth of parents finding their relationship under some strain by the end of the school break.
There are been reports of an annual spike in divorce inquiries at the beginning of autumn which could be linked to the relationship strain caused by the school holidays.
A poll found that nearly one fifth of parents had noticed an increase in domestic arguments and 18% of parents had reassessed their relationship at the end of the summer holidays. It has been claimed that family holidays, due to the amount of time couples spend together in comparison to other times in the year could push them towards separation and divorce.
Due to some of the highest childcare costs London saw nearly a quarter of parents admitting to having more domestic arguments in the summer and overall nearly half of the parents polled felt under increased financial strain during the holidays.
Generally the school holidays are times when busy parents take time off to spend with their family but with childcare costs increasing potentially by more than wages or inflation it is understandable that this time of year can exert extra pressure on parents’ relationships.
It has also been reported that the number of separations after the summer break could be due to relationships which were in trouble prior to the break being maintained over the holidays either to prevent spoiling it or because they feel one last attempt save it could work.
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