The jinx of Valentine’s Day weddings
It may seem the perfect romantic day for a wedding, but couples that get married on Valentine’s Day are at a much higher risk of divorce.
Avoid gimmick dates and reduce your odds
Couples who choose to marry on what researchers at The University of Melbourne termed “gimmick dates” are between 18 and 36% more likely to get divorced. Gimmick dates include days such as 9/9/99, or 1/2/03. The researchers suggested that it wasn’t the date itself that was behind the increased risk, but the character traits of couples that choose a gimmick date for their weddings.
Common traits for divorce
- Having less in common than couples marrying on ordinary dates in terms of education and age difference
- Being more likely to have been married previously and/or have children
- More likely to be pregnant when they marry
“Couples who marry on ordinary dates may be more strongly influenced by characteristics of their relationships and their compatibility than couples who marry on special dates.”
Professional advice, not romantic gestures
If your marriage is not working out, and you know that no amount of Valentine red roses or romantic cards will help, call us. At LGFL Ltd, we offer a free 30-minute consultation where we can discuss your unique situation and circumstances, and offer advice on the best way to move forward for you and your family. Our private countryside offices set in country parkland offer relaxed and safe surroundings, removing any concerns you may have about being ‘spotted’ by friends or family when entering a lawyer’s office.
Going Dutch on divorce
The researchers based their findings on Dutch registries of all marriages and divorces in the Netherlands between 1999 and 2013, including information on more than one million marriages. The research compared three types of marriages: Valentines’ Day marriages (VD), same-number-date marriages (SND), and ordinary date marriages (OND), and the percentage risk of divorce.
The major divorce month: March
“(Holidays) represent periods in the year when there’s the anticipation or the opportunity for a new beginning, a new start, something different, a transition into a new period of life … They’re very symbolically charged moments in time.”
“It takes some time emotionally for people to take this step. “Filing for divorce … is a big step.”
Move on by March
If you’re considering a fresh start without your spouse, call us now. We will work tirelessly to achieve the best result for you and your family, whether yours is a relatively straightforward divorce or a complex, high-worth case. We can also help you if you’re based or living abroad, but your spouse is resident in the UK.