6 Reasons Why the Holiday Season Is the 'Perfect' Time to Break Up

chris rock malaak compton rockOh, you guys, comedian Chris Rock is divorcing Malaak Compton-Rock after 18 years of marriage! If you've ever heard his stand-up, this may not be very surprising. (Here's just a sampling of Rock on marriage -- NSFW. Is a joke ever just a joke?) Still, it's a bummer to hear, no less, because the news falls smack dab in the middle of the holidays. What is it with that timing?!

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"This is a tough time in the Rocks' kids' lives for parents to divorce, but we have no way of knowing what has been going on in the family. Holidays can put stress on families, but a divorce for celebrities is a big business decision, so the holiday stress is probably not a factor," says Tina B. Tessina, PhD (aka "Dr. Romance"), psychotherapist, and author of Money, Sex and Kids: Stop Fighting About the Three Things That Can Ruin Your Marriage. "I'm guessing one of the couple, probably Chris, has a new love, but that's pure speculation. Time will tell."

For regular couples, though, there are other reasons why you might break up over the holidays. Check them out below, then tell us: Have you ever broken up around the holidays? Is it better to do it before or after?

 

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