Valentine’s Day hangover may lead to divorce

Law Office of Dawn R. Underhill

With Valentine’s Day now a distant memory for many Joliet residents, it may be back to normal in terms of spouses’ relationships with each other. For some, this may mean little to nothing, as Valentine’s Day came and went without much fanfare. For others, however, the holiday could represent the last straw in a failing marriage.

A new study suggests that the number of divorce filings in Illinois, among some other states, was at its highest period all year during February. What’s more, the day after Valentine’s Day sees a huge spike in the number of individuals seeking information about divorce.

Of course, interpreting the study is a matter of debate. Some suggest the timing might be more coincidental, given that January is the busiest month of the year for bankruptcy filings, which can be a particularly troubling topic for spouses. Moreover, with the cold weather during this time of year, spouses may see more face-time with each other indoors, which could spur up more disputes than normal.

Others are more willing to make a direct tie to Valentine’s Day, due to the built-up romance the holiday is supposed to bring. Some individuals might realize they are unhappy following Valentine’s Day, leading to the divorce. Others might catch a cheating spouse in the act.

Either way, it appears individuals may be more interested in seeking a divorce this time of year. Often, these individuals may simply need information about how to get divorced, and what happens throughout the process.

One key factor in all of this is the couple’s property division. Individuals want to know what the division of property will play out in a divorce, and what property they will be able to keep. Typically, a divorce court will divide the property in an economic and equitable manner. Non-community property states like Illinois look at the financial circumstances of the spouses and their plans for the future.

Property division is tough to predict, although individuals may be able to negotiate for particular pieces of property like the marital home or a business. Ultimately, if a person is beginning to think of getting a divorce around this time of year, or any time, it is essential to speak with a qualified attorney to best determine what property division will likely result.

Source: 5 News, “Day after Valentine’s kicks off divorce season,” Feb. 15, 2013

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Valentine’s Day hangover may lead to divorce