For one woman married and divorced years apart on Valentine’s Day in Charleston, there’s a happy ending

by | Feb 14, 2017

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Maddie Fletcher never really dated much, but by the time she was 18 she was married.


He was fun, she said. And older, she added.


On their first date, they played pool at her parents’ house. It was young love, and Fletcher’s first love.


They would wed on Valentine’s Day in 2005. By their seventh wedding anniversary, she would file for divorce.


No chocolates. No flowers. Just legal papers filed in family court outlining the end of a love story.


“Ironically, I didn’t even think of the day I filed even though it was the day we got married,” Fletcher said Tuesday. “But it was also this incredible feeling like I had not felt in years.


“Fletcher was one of five people in Charleston County who filed for divorce five years ago on Valentine’s Day — a small group of people committing the seemingly most unromantic act on one of the most romantic days of the year.


Charleston attorney Stephen Fowler, who filed the paperwork on Fletcher’s behalf five years ago, said it’s the only time he can remember filing divorce paperwork on Feb. 14.


“Sometimes some people are just kind of happy to be moving on with their lives and they kind of see the humor and the irony in it,” he said. “But it can create a bit of levity for a more somber situation.”

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