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Is romance dead? ‘Free divorce’ searches spike on Valentine’s Day

Posted on Tuesday, 26th February 2013 by
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Many of us mark Valentine’s Day each year by the exchange of gifts, or by going for a romantic meal – but for some of us, it is not a time for celebration.

If you are involved in a relationship that is no longer working, Valentine’s Day can be even tougher than it is when you are single, and the current economic climate is doing little to help with that.

Recent data from Microsoft’s Bing search engine indicates that, in some cases, people might be trapped in failed marriages they simply cannot afford to get out of.

According to the search engine, February 14th saw spikes in the kinds of search queries you might expect:

  • dating tips for Valentine’s Day
  • Valentine’s Day quotes
  • Valentine’s Day gift ideas

But there was an even bigger spike – the biggest surge of all, according to Bing – in queries for ‘free divorce on Valentine’s Day’.

The Cost of Closure

Separating from your partner is a personal decision, and many people make that choice each year.

However, a marriage is a legally binding contract, and to end that agreement early (i.e. before death), you need to follow the correct legal procedure.

Certain unavoidable court costs are incurred as a result – and it seems that, for some people at least, these are currently causing difficulty.

It comes as no surprise, given the current state of the economy and the jobs market, that some people are finding it as difficult to save for their divorce as they did to pay for their dream wedding in the first place.

Here to Help

If you need advice on how to leave a failed relationship, without incurring unnecessary costs, our solicitors are here to help.

We can help you to identify which costs cannot be avoided – such as the necessary petitioning of the court to grant you a divorce.

We can also help to identify where costs can be avoided – such as if you and your partner are separating relatively amicably, and can agree the division of assets without the intervention of a judge.

And we can help you to understand the process and the costs involved, so there are no unwelcome surprises once court action is underway.

We know divorce is a difficult process, not only because of the emotions involved in ending a relationship, but also because of the stress of the divorce process itself.

With our help, we hope to see you through your divorce as comfortably as possible, so that you can begin the next stage in your life story as soon as possible.

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