It’s Valentine’s Day. A day earmarked for outward expressions of love, roses and all things pink and red. It is also just another day.
In the Family Law arena, Valentine’s Day can be a litmus test. It determines the state of your union. It could either be a day where he proves he loves you, he proves he loves someone else, or a day just like any other.
One of my favorite Valentine’s War Stories happened a few years ago. I was meeting a friend/client for lunch on V-day. (Don’t worry, I had dinner plans with the significant other, too). As I entered the restaurant I locked eyes with an already seated guest. I gave the acknowledging head nod, meaning I know I know you, though, I was thinking I’m not sure how. I walked past the table, noticing he was on a romantic lunch date with his squeeze. As I met my party for lunch it dawned on me. I know how I know that person. I represent his wife!
As I put the pieces together, I realized his Valentine’s date was not his wife, my client. It was the other woman! My lunch-mate asked me why I had “that” look on my face and I said I am familiar with the table in the corner. He asked,”You mean the couple running out of here?” As I turned to see, sure enough they high-tailed it out of the restaurant before they could enjoy their Valentine’s meal. I ruined their Valentine’s, or at least I like to think so. (The case settled shortly thereafter).
Valentine’s Day is ultimately just another day. Sure, it’s a great time to let the ones you love know it, but so is the day before and the day after.
Matthew Thompson is a Mississippi based Divorce Lawyer, and though he dos not ruin many Valentine’s Days, when he does, he ruins it for your soon-to-be ex-spouse.