Whilst couples are frequently found to complain that their partners do not pay enough attention or do not buy birthday presents etc, some people may get an unwanted gift this Valentines Day.
A U.S. study has revealed that the number of couples filing for divorce jumps by an astonishing 40% around Valentines Day. Avvo.com is a U.S. legal website offering ratings and profiles of lawyers to members of the public.
"Over the past two years we've seen an average increase of 40 percent in the number of requests for divorce lawyers around Valentine's Day, compared to the previous six months," said Mark Britton, founder and CEO of Avvo.
Whilst this study relates solely to American couples this trend is spreading across the Atlantic. Calls and enquiries to our Divorce Solicitors increase more each year after the Christmas holidays and increase again around Valentines day. We have seen other law firms advertising specific “Valentines Day Vouchers” for appointments. Whether this is caused by the focus on relationships and people identifying issues within their own marriages or whether the peak is New Years resolutions coming into force, we shall never know.
What is clear, however, is that the traditional gifts of flowers, cards and chocolates may be replaced by divorce papers and Solicitor appointments.
At Slater and Gordon Lawyers we don't need "Valentines Day Vouchers" for appointments because we offer a free initial consultation throughout the year. To discuss divorce, finances upon separation or children issues; call our Divorce Solicitors on freephone 0800 916 9055 or contact us online and we'll be happy to help.