Valentine's Day can be the most romantic holiday for a couple -- a time to enjoy chocolates, flowers and wine with that special someone. However, it also can remind people of the fact that they are unhappy in their current relationships, often setting the stage for divorce. The weeks prior to Valentine's Day actually are the time when divorces are most likely to be filed, with squabbles over marital property division or the splitting of other martial assets being common. However, mediation can help to make the divorce process as amicable as possible in Virginia.
The most divorce inquiries occur in the months of January and February. This is right after the Christmas holiday season, during which one-eighth of women and one-twelfth of men consider getting divorced. Then, when the new year rolls in, many finally act on their desires.
Many people who choose to get divorced actually choose to take part in dispute-resolution methods such as mediation, which allows both parties to strive to reach an agreement on important matters. In addition, many divorces that do end up in court are first sent to mediation before judges see them. Mediation is beneficial in that it makes the divorce more private and helps the divorcing couple to achieve a settlement within months.
As Cupid seems to surround happy couples during the Valentine's Day holiday, a person may also feel a sense of happiness by finally making the decision to end a failing marriage and move on with his or her life. If the two parties can find common ground in areas such as asset distribution or property division, this can make the divorce process much easier. It is within both individuals' rights to seek their best interests while trying to achieve an outcome that is as fair as possible to both parties in Virginia.
Source: The Huffington Post, 'Happy Valentine's Day. I Want a Divorce.', Michelle Crosby, Feb. 5, 2014