February 13 is one of the lesser celebrated holidays in America: National Breakup Day. Indeed, this is the day where people finally let go of their cuffing season desires and spend their subsequent (and solo) Valentine’s Day on a box of chocolate for one. But according to one celebrity divorce lawyer, that isn’t the only time of the year when breakups are bound to happen.
In a recent interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, high-profile divorce lawyer Laura Wasser reported that she is currently working with several clients who plan to file for divorce this March, now that the Oscars season has come to an end.
During this time of year, many stars don’t want to walk the red carpet on their own. Additionally, many divorce lawyers consider this time of year a “high season,” as the holidays have ended and the infamous “cuffing season” — or the winter months spent in a relationship — comes to an end.
Wasser is known for her no-nonsense approach to divorce, which was famously yielded after Britney Spears separated from Kevin Federline. While divorce was the last thing on Britney’s mind, Wasser set her priorities straight.
“A lot of times what will happen, particularly with young women, is they don’t want a prenup. They’re in love,” she explains. “This is fantasy time — ‘We’re never going to get divorced, and I don’t want anybody, certainly not some old guy in a suit, telling me how it’s going to work out.’ So they bring me in. We have the conversation.”
Another part of Wasser’s alleged magic is her ability to stave off the press for as long as possible. While divorce is relatively common, happening to approximately 42% of all married couples, it becomes quite the spectacle for celebrity couples to endure.
And to reduce the blow of the media, she encourages her high-profile clients to announce their divorces at the same time.
“I’ll tell my clients, ‘I have someone else, I can’t say who, but you should really wait and file at the same time,’” she said.