Valentine’s Day is the holiday that is supposed to be all about romance. However, not all couples spend Valentine’s Day “feeling the love.” Instead, for some coupled individuals, the holiday may have them seeing red—and not in a red roses sort of way. Take, for example, the following scenario:
You and your spouse seem to be living in separate universes that rarely collide. Sure, you have contemplated divorce several times, but you want to try and stick it out for the sake of your children. However, lately, you wonder how long you can live like ships passing in the dark. So you decide this Valentine’s Day, despite your lack of culinary skills, to make a special romantic dinner for you and your spouse. Your hope is that some quality alone time would be good for the two of you, and help start to get your marriage back on track. You run to three separate stores to purchase all of the ingredients and spend hours in the kitchen. The children are grandma’s house, dinner is just about ready, and then it happens. Moments before your spouse is due to arrive home you receive a phone call from them saying that they had something important come up at work and that they will be home late. Your spouse hangs up, without evening mentioning the words “Valentine’s Day.” You are not sure when your spouse came home because by then you were already asleep.
Ouch! While this scenario may not cause every individual to run to their phone to schedule an appointment with their divorce attorney, it does for some. In fact, this type of situation is quite typical of Valentine’s Day occurrences that serve as the proverbial “straw” that breaks the camel’s back for many folks. In fact, February is typically the busiest month for divorce filings, with the days after Valentine’s Day seeing the biggest spike in traffic to divorce attorney referral websites. However, what is it about February that makes so many people decide to pull the plug on their marriage? The following of some of the reasons behind why February has become a popular month to file for divorce:
- January. It also just so happens that February proceeds the biggest month for bankruptcy filings. When a couple files for bankruptcy it brings to a head often years of money problems that have plagued and often divided a couple. One of the biggest reasons couples give for divorcing is financial disagreements.
- Infidelity: A cheating spouse that is trying to keep his or her lover and spouse both happy often fails or makes a mistake on Valentine’s Day and is found out.
- Tax returns. People often use their tax return to finance large purchases. In some cases, people wait to file for divorce until they receive their tax return to help pay for the attorney retainer and to physically separate from their spouse.
- Holidays have ended. Lastly, many individuals put off filing for divorce until after the holidays are over to avoid looking like the bad guy.
If you are considering ending your marriage, it is often most helpful to speak with our experienced Oklahoma Divorce Attorneys before you come to a conclusion. A skilled Oklahoma Divorce Attorney will able to answer your questions and review your legal rights with you. At The Handley Law Center, we understand that the decision to file for divorce is often life-altering and we are prepared to help our clients through each step of the legal process. Our attorneys will take the time to provide you with the information you need to help make your decision. Contact The Handley Law Center at (405) 295-1924 to schedule a consultation.