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Holiday Proposal May Lead to Same Sex Divorce/Family Law Matters

Feb. 15, 2017

One of the most romantic holidays has recently come and gone once again. While it may seem like a good idea to celebrate the love of one’s life with a Valentine marriage proposal, the statistics show there is a correlation between these holiday proposals and same sex divorce/family law matters. There may be many former couples in New York who went through their own holiday-linked divorce.

While the overall numbers of same sax couples who file for a divorce is lower than those for heterosexual couples, the holidays still appear to apply unseen pressure. These marriages seem more prone to ending in divorce because of the perceived expectations for a memorable moment during these special days. For the partner who receives the proposal, the pressure to accept may be the overriding emotion. It is for this reason that offers of marriage might not be a good idea during family gatherings, either.

One researcher purportedly found that an estimated 70 percent of marriages that commence within one week of a holiday end in a divorce filing. It also was reported that these marriages ended within a year. Another study concerning same sex divorces overseas estimated that female couples tend to file for a divorce three times more often than male couples.

The holidays are special times of the year and many couples may wish to commemorate these occasions by embarking on a new commitment to one another. However, it may be a better option to select another day to exchange vows. Though it has taken many years for same sex couples to be provided with the legal rights to marry, any marriage can experience pressures that can sometimes prove to be too much to overcome. New York couples who find that their relationships are irretrievably broken can consult with an attorney who specializes in same sex divorce/family law matters in order to work through the process as painlessly as possible.

Source:, “Avoid proposing on Valentine’s Day“, Jason McClain, Feb. 2, 2017