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January: The month of divorce

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31 Jan 2017
January is renowned across all those that work within Family Law as being one of the busiest months of the year, with 1 in 5 couples contacting lawyers after the Christmas period. This has resulted in a recurring trend over the last few years as we see a significant increase in demand during this time of year from firms to bring on new family solicitors to their teams. So what is the cause for the surge in divorces? 

You will be surprised – the fervent arguments over the traditional Christmas Monopoly games are not the real reason behind a reported spike in couples enquiring about divorce in January as many expect. The Head of Family Law at Co-op Legal Services, Sam Hickman has previously stated “We know from our research that this anticipated surge in enquiries is not as a result of Christmas being the straw that broke the camel’s back”. 

Many adopt the mantra of “New Year, New Me”, which often acts as an opportunity to start out with a blank slate. This can be getting out of unhealthy habits or unhealthy marriages, leading to a January divorce. Couples who decide to separate in January have usually not taken the decision lightly and may have considered divorcing for a number of months but postpone announcing their plans until after the festive period to avoid upsetting family members. In situations like this, it’s safe to assume, that it is much more difficult for couples as the holiday period can be a very stressful time as they spend more time with each other and do not want so spoil the family occasion. As such it’s completely understandable why couples in this scenario are looking for a divorce to be completed as soon as possible. 

It is widely accepted within family law that appointments will have been booked in advance of Christmas by people who were already planning to start the divorce process in the New Year. Many of these couples admit that financial pressures are one of the key issues that arise in arguments over the festive break which caused a strain on their relationship. 

However, for all the romantics there is still some good news! Official figures show that divorce rates across the UK are falling to their lowest levels in 40 years. The most recent figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that the number of couples divorcing in England and Wales decreased by 3.1 percent in 2014 – so don’t lose all hope just yet!  

If you are a family solicitor looking to make your next career move, we have a number of new opportunities available! If you are interested in hearing more, please get in touch by emailing Joshua.buckland@sellickpartnership.co.uk or call 0203 741 8189. Alternatively, browse our latest roles. Browse roles

 

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