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Feb 15: Blue Valentine’s Day

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February is generally known as the month of love and romance. However, a study on divorce filings in New York, Illinois and California by, a legal referral site, found that February is the busiest month of the year for divorce filings, up about 18% from the average month. And those seeking referrals for a divorce lawyer on the site increase 38% following the holiday, with the biggest spike on the day after Valentine’s.

There are several factors at play as to why February 15th, or Blue Valentine’s Day as we like to call it, is so popular for divorce, but the chief factors among them are as follow:

High Expectations

Valentine’s Day is the one time of the year when women have unimaginably high expectations from their significant others, hoping to be swept off their feet by their one true love. For many people who are already unhappy with their marriage, the decision to stay together hinges on Valentine’s Day being a success. The problem, of course, arises when reality sets in and those high expectations are not met. Countless marriages cave under the pressure of romance, leading to an overwhelming number of them ending a short while after the day of love.

Caught Red-handed

Cheating spouses often get caught during Valentine’s Day as they are forced to keep both their spouse and lover happy during Valentine’s Day. The pressure of pleasing both parties can lead to mistakes that end in getting caught.

Bankruptcy Month

January is the busiest month of the year for bankruptcy filings, highlighting financial problems between spouses that often lead to marriages ending.

Winter Blues

February is an exceptionally cold time of the year, especially in Canada. Winter blues combined with the fact that couples are stuck indoors while they’re going through marital troubles can also lead to arguments and fights which eventually end in divorce.

There are several other factors at play when it comes to increasing divorce rates in February, but it does appear that Valentine’s Day itself has a very big role to play in the matter.

What is your opinion on Valentine’s Day: romantic or overrated?

About the Author

Cheryl Goldhart and the team of lawyers at Goldhart & Associates work exclusively in the area of family law. They have the experience and dedication to assist clients achieve their objectives.

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