Struggling to decide whether you want to call it quits on your marriage?
For a lot of unhappy spouses sitting on the divorce fence, the sentimental Valentine’s Day holiday may be the straw that breaks the camel’s marital back.
In general, divorce filings tend to increase during the several months following the extended Christmas and New Year’s holiday season.
But that’s not the end of the story.
Drilling deeper down into it, in particular, Valentine’s Day turns out to be “pull-the-trigger-on-divorce” day. On the order of up to a whopping forty percent spike.
Part of it, of course, is simply the coincidental proximity of the Valentine’s Day holiday to the very busy end of year holiday season. During which most couples and families experience more than usual circumstance-imposed togetherness.
And part of it is the proximity of Cupid’s holiday to receipt of W-2s and 1099s and the final low-down on the previous year’s total compensation package.
But a not-insignificant part of it really seems to be whether the other spouse makes the cut romantically on Valentine’s Day.
And a very large percentage of the time, they don’t.
But the bigger question is does the spouse’s grade for Valentine’s Day truly determine the “whether” of divorce or the “when”?
Still, for those wanting to try to redeem themselves during or after a rough patch, pulling out all the stops for Valentine’s Day surely couldn’t hurt.