Valentine’s Day – time for a refresh or a fresh start?

It is said that Bishop Valentine was executed on 14 February 1750 years ago for continuing to marry adoring couples against the wishes of Roman Emperor Claudius who believed single men made better soldiers. But if surprising your spouse with one of the 36 million boxes of heart-shaped chocolates or 50 million red roses bought this Valentine’s Day is the last thing on your mind, then take courage, you are not alone. Indeed, far from it. The filing of divorce petitions leaps nearly 40% around Valentine’s Day compared to the previous six months. Whether this is the result of a delayed New Year’s resolution, even repeated resolutions or the stark realisation that your romance will never be rekindled, here are some practical tips that will serve you well if you decide to embark on the divorce process:

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