Don’t kiss goodbye on valentine’s day
For many couples, Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year. But for others it is less champagne and roses, more bickering and divorce papers.
While 14 February may be celebrated by some with a cosy dinner for two, it can also be the breaking point for a relationship already under-strain.
Some 42 per cent of all marriages end in divorce, with certain times of year, like Christmas being a particular stressful time for couples. But other occasions, including birthdays, forgotten anniversaries, family holidays and Valentine’s Day can also prove to be a catalyst for separation.
Jacqueline Stroud, a Family Law Partner with Scottish legal firm MacRoberts, said: “Certain times of the year can be pressure points for couples who are having difficulties. Christmas is an obvious one and the period immediately after the New Year break is acknowledged as the busiest time of the year for divorce lawyers.
“But those who get through that difficult time are then faced with Valentine’s Day. The focus on love and romance can be too much if the relationship is already under strain.”
“There is growing evidence, particularly from America, that 14 February has increasingly become a time of relationship problems with the number of couples separating increasing by as much as 40 per cent around the 14th or immediately afterwards.
“This includes people who have delayed on a New Year intention to separate, and those who react to their partner’s response, or lack of response, to Valentine’s Day. If the red roses don’t arrive, or the day is just ignored altogether, it can provoke a negative response.”
Jacqueline, who has more than 20 years’ experience practicing exclusively in the field of family law, and is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in the field, said that offering advice in a constructive and collaborative manner is extremely important.
She said: “We recognise that our clients’ best interests are usually served by resolving matters amicably without resorting to litigation. We offer a sensitive but practical approach to clients encountering difficulties in their domestic lives.
“There are a number of ways we would encourage parties to resolve disputes amicably, such as mediation, which can assist the parties in coming to an amicable agreement without recourse to the courts.”
MacRoberts LLP is one of Scotland’s pre-eminent law firms, specialising in all aspects of commercial law.
MacRoberts maintains strong links with all aspects of the Scottish economy, working with private companies, public sector institutions, charities and all levels of government. With vast experience and an impressive track record in areas including construction, transport and major infrastructure projects, through to growth industries such as renewables, food and drink, IP and technology,
MacRoberts provides a full-service legal offering across corporate, taxation, employment, property and infrastructure practices.
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