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Study: February the most popular month for divorce

February is supposed to be the month for lovers. Many married couples, young and old, use the hoopla around Valentine's Day to think about where they have been as a couple and where they are going in the future. For many, that may mean coming to the sad realization that it's time for the relationship to end.

These thoughts are backed up by many divorce attorneys, who report seeing divorce filings spike in February, especially in the time period after Valentine's Day. For many, the day can be a huge letdown if they were putting their hopes into using the holiday to rekindle old feelings of romance and appreciation.

According to a study by the website, which helps refer people to attorneys, divorce filings in February are 18 percent higher than during the average month. And visitors to their website go up by 38 percent in the period after Valentine's Day.

The reasons for many marriages falling apart in February could be more than just Valentine's Day, though. The co-founder of suggested that one reason could be that couples that are already struggling finally throw in the towel after spending the whole winter indoors and around each other all the time.

Another reason could be financial pressures. January is an especially popular month for bankruptcy filings, and some marriages may come undone over arguments about money and debt.

But whatever the reason and whatever the timing, divorce is never easy. There are complex issues that need to be settled when filing for divorce, and consulting with an experienced family law attorney can help you find out what you need to know before going through the process.

Source: CNN Money, "Day after Valentine's kicks off divorce season," Chris Isidore, Feb. 15, 2013

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