Valentine’s Day typically is associated with flowers, candy and romance. But according to some recent studies, Valentine’s Day and Divorce might go hand-in-hand. According to the reputable legal site Avvo.com, there is a 40 percent increase in people making inquiries about divorce in the brief period leading up to and after Valentine’s Day.
In the article, Philadelphia attorney Jennifer A Brandt said: “Valentine’s Day seems to be a natural catalyst for people to evaluate, and in some cases, make a change in their relationship. I see a distinct pattern where people take honest stock of their relationship in the New Year and make the difficult decision to seek divorce by Valentine’s Day.”
Additionally, AttorneyFee.com reported that divorce fillings in February reach a peak — increasing by nearly 20 percent — in California, Illinois and New York.
Why the spike in Valentine’s Day-related divorces?
There are number of things that could be attributed to the increase in divorce fillings around Valentine’s Day. Stress from the holidays can often prompt thoughts about divorce. Many people will wait until after the New Year to follow through because of the benefits that come with the calendar changes – such as a new tax year – or people are just ready to make big changes with their lives.
The disadvantages that come with the turning of a new year also could play a factor. January has historically been the busiest month for bankruptcy filings, which leads to numerous stressful situations for couples. Cold weather also could lead to increased tension due to the fact that the couple is forced to spend more time together in close proximity.
What should you do if your spouse or you file for divorce?
Whether it’s around Valentine’s Day or at any other time of the year, you are going to want to immediately contact an experienced and proven family law attorney. Divorce and child custody issues are each unique and complex, making it all the more imperative to consult with an experienced divorce and child custody lawyer.
The Tulsa divorce lawyers of Fry & Elder are well versed in handling both high-conflict, high-resolution as well as family law matter in which both sides are amicable and willing to work together to get an acceptable resolution for each party.
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