Divorces common around Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is next week, and many couples often celebrate by having a romantic dinner and giving presents to each other. While Valentine’s Day can be a romantic holiday for some couples, it can also turn into one of the most depressing and frustrating times for some couples.

The weeks before Valentine’s Day often see the most divorce filings in the country. Why would that be? Divorce attorneys say many couples wait until after the big holidays to file for divorce, and January and February typically see the most divorce filings out of the year.

Finding out your spouse wants a divorce just before Valentine’s Day can be devastating. For fathers, being served divorce papers can be quite a shock, especially when thinking about how the divorce will impact your relationship with your children.

Many fathers getting divorced may be worried that they don’t have a fair chance at getting custody of their children or even a decent amount of visitation in some cases. This can be a difficult time for many fathers, but it is important to know your rights in child custody and visitation cases in Missouri.

Child custody arrangements are based on a variety of factors, and judges ruling in these cases take these factors into consideration when determining child custody. Judges consider what’s in the child’s best interests as well as each parent’s ability to care for the child when determining child custody. Fathers should be aware of these factors and work with a family law attorney to make sure they are receiving fair consideration in child custody cases.

Source: The Huffington Post, “‘Happy Valentine’s Day. I Want a Divorce.’,” Michelle Crosby, Feb. 5, 2014

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