ATLANTA — Valentine's Day is right around the corner, but so is peak divorce season, according to a recent study. If you want to have a successful marriage you may want to consider what state you live in. Georgia, Alabama and Kentucky were among the highest for divorce rates, according to U.S News.

A study from the University of Washington found a steady seasonal spike in divorce filings from January to March, according to University of Washington News. Associate sociology professor Julie Brines and doctoral candidate Brian Serafini  discovered this after they analyzed divorce filings from 2001 and 2015. 

“People tend to face the holidays with rising expectations, despite what disappointments they might have had in years past,” Brines said in a recent interview with University of Washington News. “They represent periods in the year when there’s the anticipation or the opportunity for a new beginning, a new start, something different, a transition into a new period of life. It’s like an optimism cycle, in a sense.

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