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Why do more couples choose to divorce and separate in January?

The family law department at Davis Blank Furniss typically sees a spike in divorces in the New Year.

January is traditionally known as the month where more divorce proceedings are started than at any other time of the year. We will look at the main causes for this surge as well the specialist legal support our solicitors can provide to couples looking to separate after the festive period.

Reasons behind the January spike in separation

There are a number of reasons why people choose to divorce following Christmas and New Year, which can include:

  • Increase in stress: Spending more time together and with family as well as the additional expenses of Christmas can put great strain on an already deteriorating relationship.
  • Family and friends: Many spouses decide to ride out the festive period in order to avoid upsetting their children, family and close friends during a time of celebration.
  • Unreasonable behaviour: Increased alcohol levels and festivities resulting in unwise conduct can also be the final straw for couples who are already thinking of separating.

Legal support for separating or divorcing couples

Whether you start your divorce procedure in January or any other time of the year, it will likely be an emotionally charged and stressful time.

With many different approaches to separation available, our divorce lawyers can help you to choose the right option for you. As registered specialists in collaborative law and official providers of Lawyer Supported Mediation, we can provide you with alternatives that are less costly and stressful than court proceedings – a particularly good choice for partners looking to separate on good terms.

Meanwhile, for those who don’t think an amicable separation or alternative approach is right for them, a traditional approach may be best. Our team are highly experienced in these methods and can handle every stage of the process so that everything runs as smoothly as possible.

We are also fully equipped to help you deal with any issues that arise during your separation or divorce, including childcare arrangements, financial settlements, legal costs and grounds for divorce. With our legal support from start to finish, you can secure the best possible outcome for your future.

Get in contact

If you would like a free impartial consultation about divorce, separation or any other areas of family law, use our online appointment and enquiry service or phone us on 08000 284 396 to speak with one of our divorce lawyers or family law specialists.

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