He loves me, he loves me not.
Oh, who cares? He forgot Valentine's Day again. We're getting a divorce.
Practicing law makes you a cynical, bitter person. Well, most of us, but that isn't the point. Valentine's Day is one of those holidays that cynics love to hate, especially since many Americans feel the need to celebrate with gusto. All the pink and chalky candy hearts get old fast. Divorce apparently doesn't.
On Valentine's Day, divorce is probably the last thing you're thinking about unless you happen to make your money off of other peoples' heartache and misfortune. The divorce business is booming during the weeks that lead up to and follow Valentine's Day, with one company noticing jumps upwards of 30%.
So what pushes all of these poor souls into our clutches when they should be pretending to enjoy the company of their spouses?
A few divorce attorneys, each taking a break from scribbling hearts filled with "Valentine's Day = Divorce = Money" all over their notepads, chimed in on the New York Times' City Room.
Apparently February is also "Out Your Affair" month, with misplaced gifts and credit card bills leading to the big reveal. She may tolerate a mistress, but she won't tolerate a girlfriend, too.
One of those attorneys believes that people associate Valentine's Day with happiness, and when it doesn't come, they're finally ready to get out. A miserable Christmas and Valentine's Day were tolerable, but to ruin Women's History Month, too?
My guess as to why, on Valentine's Day, divorce is all the rage?
A day of warm champagne and drugstore flowers makes people realize what they're missing. It's time to ditch the unremarkable spouses and trade up--for a lawyer.
- Divorce Lawyers Tell Twisted Tales of Valentine's Day (ABA Journal)
- Best Valentine's Gifts for Lawyers (FindLaw's Greedy Associates)