Valentine's Day Divorce

Valentine’s Day may be a good time to take stock of your relationship. Sometimes, the thought of having to spend days like Valentine’s Day without a partner keeps people together even though they are in unhappy couplings.  While no relationship is chockfull of chocolate kisses and red roses every day, now is the time to assess, does your relationship have it any day?  Is your partner still meeting your needs emotionally, spiritually and physically?  Many couples linger for years in a loveless marriage before deciding that enough is enough and they separate or divorce.  The message that you are only someone if you have a romantic partner bombards us daily, but particularly around Valentine’s Day, pressuring us to stay in a relationship, even if we are not happy.

If you are looking for information about what exactly it would involve to get divorced, a good place to start is by contacting a divorce mediator.  Mediation involves both husband and wife attending meetings to decide how to separate their married life by developing a plan for parenting, child support, division of assets and debts, and alimony.  At Westfield Mediation, LLC, we even offer a one-time consult to educate one party if both parties are not willing to attend.  Often, one person is more ready for the divorce to proceed than the other. 

We often get phone calls inquiring about our service with the caller saying that he/she doesn’t really know how divorce works and is looking for information.  It could be the first time he/she has said the word divorce out loud and he/she is feeling very overwhelmed.  We understand.  Part of our job is to educate our clients about the divorce process and what mediation can and cannot do for them.  We put no pressure on you.  Mediation allows you to take control of the process.  If you have been unhappy in your relationship, let Valentine’s Day be your day of awakening to start planning a better future.

For more information about divorce mediation contact Randi M. Albert, JD, or Michelle Weinberg, LMFT, at Westfield Mediation, LLC, at 908.913.0373.  View our website at or email us at

Westfield Mediation, LLC, is located in the Westfield, NJ area.  The principals include Randi M. Albert, JD, and Michelle Weinberg, LMFT, both members of the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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