Are “Valentine’s Day” Marriages a Risk for Divorce?


Valentine’s Day stands as the one holiday of the year associated with love and romance. Not all associated with February 14th comes with splendor. One study suggests people married on Valentine’s Day may come with a greater chance of ending in divorce. Would a delay on the date of the wedding change things for Tennessee residents? Switching a wedding date by a few days probably won’t save a marriage that falls apart due to serious issues.

The study on holidays and divorces

The University of Melbourne revealed a study suggesting people married on Valentine’s Day or other holidays may experience an 18% to 36% increased chance of divorce. The study focused on Dutch people and looked at stats of around one million marriages.

The study may be intriguing, but questions about a marriage’s dissolution may benefit from looking at the reasons behind the divorce. Maybe couple’s rushed into marriage to meet the Valentine’s Day date and did not know each other well enough. Or perhaps other problems long pre-existed the wedding. A spouse with excessive spending habits or addiction issues might not undermine a union’s chance for long-term success. Choosing Valentine’s Day as the marriage date likely has nothing to do with someone’s behavior or personal troubles.

Valentine’s Day was not the only date noted in the study, as it looked at other holidays. Many people prefer to wed on a holiday, and these same people may fall victim to the “law of averages.” A certain percentage of marriages fail, and some of those married couples wed on a holiday.

Examining reasons for a divorce

Several reasons contribute to the end of a marriage. Couples may grow apart as they age, as goals, interests, and intentions change. The study does reveal that many “Valentine’s Day” marriages end within five years. Many things could occur in five years, such as a spouse’s dramatic change in behavior or commitment.

Ending a marriage in Tennessee does not require fault, though. Both spouses could agree to an “irreconcilable differences” dissolution. Questions about family law and divorce may be directed to an attorney. An attorney could assist those who feel now is the time for a divorce.

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