Date Night or Divorce: What is the “Valentine’s Effect”?

Effects of Valentine's day

What are the effects of Valentine’s Day on relationships?

As the new year unfolds, many couples considering divorce find themselves facing a unique phenomenon known as the “Valentine’s Effect.” With Christmas and other holiday festivities behind them, data indicates that many frustrated couples are uninterested in celebrating another “Day of Love” in February without first evaluating the state of their relationship. Divorce search queries spike. Divorce filing discussions replace date night dinner planning.

During this January and February surge, it is crucial for individuals navigating through relationship challenges to be equipped with the right resources. At Capps Law Firm, we understand the intricacies of family law, especially when it comes to handling complex divorce cases during this emotionally charged period.

The Valentine’s Day Effect

The “Valentine’s Effect” refers to the increase in various kinds of divorce filings and proceedings that family lawyers typically see ramped up in January and February. As we alluded to already, some attribute this phenomenon to couples reevaluating their relationships after the holiday season, while others see it as a result of New Year resolutions prompting individuals to seek a fresh start. Whatever the reasons, the reality is that many couples start a new year, faced with the challenging task of beginning to untangle their lives.

Resources for Navigating Divorce

Capps Law Firm recognizes the importance of providing clients with the necessary resources to navigate through the legal complexities, especially during the heightened emotional state that often accompanies the “Valentine’s Effect.”

Here are four key resources to consider:

    1. Experienced Family Lawyers
      Engaging the services of a family lawyer with extensive experience in handling complex divorce cases is paramount. Capps Law Firm boasts a skilled team who specialize in family law, ensuring that clients receive expert guidance and advocacy throughout the divorce process.
    2. Emotional Support
      Divorce is not just a legal process: it’s a deeply emotional journey. Capps Law Firm understands the need for emotional support and can connect clients with resources such as counselors or support groups.
    3. Financial Advisors
      Untangling finances in a divorce can be intricate. Our firm collaborates with financial advisors to ensure that our clients have a clear understanding of their financial situation and can make informed decisions about asset division, spousal support, and child custody arrangements.

How to Choose a Family Lawyer

Choosing the correct family lawyer is crucial when navigating the complexities of divorce, especially when impacted by the effect of Valentine’s Day. When one or both spouses may be ready to move forward quickly on their path to building their separate lives, you need the right attorney.

Consider the following important questions when looking for someone that you trust and who will advocate for your best interests:

What is the family lawyer’s expertise, and how long have they been practicing?

Do you anticipate a complex divorce? If so, what experience does the lawyer have in handling complex financial or custody cases? Do you expect additional issues because of geographical relocation plans or military service? As you think through these questions and others while planning for divorce, make sure that you select a family lawyer who has a wealth of knowledge and years of experience in navigating situations similar to your own.

How personalized is the law firm’s approach?

Each divorce case is unique, and it is important that the law firm that you engage is willing to listen and go the extra mile to tailor their strategies to meet your specific goals and needs. Divorce proceedings can be lengthy, and you don’t want to feel that your lawyer takes a cookie-cutter approach when so much hangs in the balance for your future.

Do you feel seen and understood when discussing your situation?

Compassionate Advocacy: The emotional toll of divorce can be overwhelming. Not only do you need a personalized approach, but you deserve a compassionate advocate along the way, guiding you through the legal process with empathy and understanding.

Get the Support You Need During Divorce

The effect of Valentine’s Day brings about a surge in divorce filings, highlighting the need for divorcing couples to engage expert support. Kelly J. Capps offers 30+ years of experience in protecting the rights of clients going through a Texas divorce, and she is dedicated to advocating for her client’s best interests, offering personalized legal guidance, providing compassionate guidance, and recommending essential local resources and acclaimed support networks as needs arise.

If you would like to discuss your family law matter and/or any concerns that you may have about whether or not you are ready to file for divorce, contact our office or call our office at (512) 338-9800.

Kelly J. Capps









This article does not create an attorney-client relationship. Its purpose is to educate the public about the topic of family law. This article should not be seen as legal advice. You should consult with an attorney before you rely on this information.