Are Divorce and Valentine’s Day Linked?
Valentine's Day is supposed to be about love and glittery unicorns and stuff, right? Maybe not so much.
If it feels like more and more people are getting divorced this time of year, it isn't in your imagination. Valentine's Day and the days surrounding the holiday have actually turned into a flurry of divorce filings.
According to Avvo.com, a website that posts ratings and profiles for doctors and lawyers, Valentine's Day is actually the number one time of year that divorces skyrocket.
The answer isn't as complicated as you might think. It's around this time of year that a lot of people take a step back and evaluate their marriages, realizing that the romance they once had is now dead and they just can't wrap their head around the thought of one more Valentine's Day choking down a heart-shaped box of chocolates with someone who gets under their skin so much and they decide to call it quits.
Divorce filings jump to nearly 40% around Valentine's Day, compared to the previous six months and Kelly Chang Rickert, a divorce lawyer who says there are two main types of people who launch the Valentine's Day divorce rush into full force,
"[There are] the 'delayed New Year's resoluters' who are moving forward on their resolution to be single, just a month late . . . and the 'waiting to exhalers' who file for divorce [because] of their spouse's actions on Valentine's Day."
Cary Cheifetz, a divorce lawyer from New Jersey has another theory on why people get divorced in mid-February.
"People wait until they know what their spouse's bonus and income situation will be in the new year."