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Does Valentine’s Day cause divorce?

I recently came across this article Day after Valentine’s kicks off divorce season on CNN’s website. It discusses the increase in people seeking divorce, and in one study, this increase was about 40% during this particular season of love.

According to the article, some believe Valentine’s Day triggers spouses to make a move in their marriage. It also mentions several other factors, such as financial difficulties that couples tend to face in the beginning of the year, and how the cold weather may contribute as unhappy couples spend more time together in close quarters.  

I am not sure how I feel about this.  However, in all my years of practicing divorce law, it does seem like February is a busy time.  I think this is true more because families just want to get through the holidays on a peaceful note.  Additionally, since year-end compensation becomes known shortly after the new year, this might be a factor in incentivizing couples to move forward in February as opposed to earlier in the year.

Often, one’s “New Year’s Resolution” of moving forward with life can take some time to kick in.  Whatever the reasons may be, the best place to start is with preparation if you are considering a divorce.  My previous blog What Records and Documents Should I Gather if I am Considering a Divorce? is a good place to start.

Even though I am a divorce lawyer, I still am a big believer in love and happiness.  For those in love, I truly wish you a very happy Valentine’s Day. 

Please contact me at jlawrence@lawlawfirm.com if you have questions about this post or any other family law matter.

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