Valentine's Day Is The Time For Divorce And Viagra

According to some lawyers, Valentine's Day brings a spike in divorce filings. The reason: cowardice. Also, money.

The NY Post reports on the findings of professional rating site Avvo.com, which says the number of people seeking divorce increases about 40% around Valentine's Day, compared to the previous six months. Questions about divorce spike in that time too. Lawyer Kelly Chang offers one explanation: "This can be attributed to two major groups of people: the ‘Delayed New Year's Resoluters' who are merely moving forward on their resolution to be single, just a month late, and the ‘Waiting to Exhalers,' who, depending on the actions of their spouses on Valentine's Day, will either reconcile or file for divorce." And lawyer Cary Cheifetz has an even more depressing idea of what's behind the V-day Dump: "I see it as a combination of cabin fever, people waiting until after the holidays and most importantly, people waiting until they know what their spouse's bonus and income situation will be in the New Year."

January has long (and apparently accurately) been deemed the biggest month for breakups, perhaps because no one wants to split during the holidays, and it's not really a surprise that the New Year Breakup Boom might extend through February too. It's not clear whether Avvo's numbers apply to the days before Valentine's Day as well, but I'm guessing plenty of people wait till February 15 to avoid being that asshole who dumps someone right before the Festival of Love. Of course, dumping somebody right after V-Day isn't ideal either — especially if you were just waiting to see if he or she got a raise or bought you flowers.

It's also possible — and slightly less depressing — that some couples see Valentine's Day as the time for a last-ditch relationship-saving Hail Mary. Perhaps that's an explanation for another V-Day spike: Viagra sales. According to MSNBC, some Valentine's Viagra customers just see the holiday as a time when they're especially likely to get laid and need to be prepared — but one romantic says of the blue pill, "It's kind of like getting the roses. It's something extra for Valentine's Day."

Still, February's high divorce stats suggest that a number of these Hail Marys, Viagra-fueled or no, fail. Which is a good reminder that, as nice as Valentine's Day can be, it's probably not going to turn around an already doomed relationship. And while nobody wants to get dumped on a day when everyone else seems to be carrying around heart-shaped balloons, there's also an argument for breaking up when you know you want to, rather than doing the wait-til-after-the-holidays thing. After all, the knowledge that at least your ex wasn't counting the days til he or she could ditch you is its own kind of gift.

Heartbreak! Divorce Filings Rise 40 Percent Around Valentine's Day: Study [NY Post]
V Is For Valentine's Day — And Viagra, Data Show [MSNBC]

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