Tuesday 28 February 2017

'Tis the season to be splitting: Couples are more likely to fight post-Christmas

Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Couple fighting
Couple fighting

It's not the most wonderful time of the year for everyone.

While there is an increase in the number of proposals and winter weddings, the Christmas period is also the busiest time for breakups.

According to therapists at Relationships Ireland, the stress of the festive season causes a rise in the breakdown of marriages and relationships and the company noted a 10% spike in calls since the beginning of December.

Most arguments are caused by financial pressure and alcohol consumption on Christmas Day in particular.

Tony Moore, a therapist with Relationships Ireland, said: "The financial pressures couples faced during the worst times of the recession haven't gone away and debt issues can make life pure hell for couples over Chrsitmas.

"When you add the fact that people drink too much and are likely to spend more time over Christmas with family members they don't get on with, this only adds to the tension.

"Christmas is a very challenging and extremely stressful time for a lot of couples. We've been very busy since early December, but we'll be at our busiest in early Janaury."

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