02/09/2011 07:17 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Divorce On Valentine's Day: Filings Rise Around February 14

Valentine's Day may be an occasion for sweethearts to exchange gifts, but it has increasingly become a time for divorce, according to a new study.

Data compiled by Avvo.com, a site that offers free ratings and profiles for lawyers and licensed MDs, found that divorce filings skyrocket about 40 percent this time of year.

"Over the past two years we've seen an average increase of 40 percent in the number of requests for divorce lawyers around Valentine's Day, compared to the previous six months," said Mark Britton, founder and CEO of Avvo.

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