Let’s not celebrate Divorce Day…
Legal firms are bracing themselves for ‘Divorce Monday’ when they typically see a surge in queries from spouses planning to break up after limping through the Christmas holidays.
Many couples wait until after Christmas and the New Year before initiating a separation, leading to a glut of inquiries on the first working Monday of January, dubbed ‘Divorce Day’.
One in five married couples are considering separating from their partners after staying together over the festive period, according to a poll of 2,000 spouses by legal firm Irwin Mitchell.
The Daily Mail had this to say:
Andrew Newbury, head of family law at Slater & Gordon, told MailOnline: ‘We see a real spike in people enquiring about divorce in January, with twice as many than any other period.
‘There are a whole host of reasons for this. One is the hot-house pressure of Christmas, with couples cooped up who might also have had too much food and too much alcohol.
‘Two weeks at home can put pressure on couples and if expectations on Christmas are not met there can be a sense of disappointment which can lead them to look at their lives.
‘Some people also discover affairs around Christmas with a text message on Christmas Day or the announcement of a new relationship.
‘For others, they have been thinking about divorce for a few months or a year and they make it a New Year resolution to finally file for divorce to have a new start.’
But, it doesn’t have to be this way nor do children need to experience the hell of a shattered family or the general financial deterioration that follows.
While real change does take time and commitment, credible research clearly states that somewhere between 60-71% improvement rates are very possible.
And, it’s a lot quicker and most definitely cheaper than lawyers…