Today I appeared on Sky News to talk about what has become known as ‘Divorce Day’.
Simply put, Divorce Day is the name that family lawyers have given to the first working day of a new year. It is a response to the significant increase in enquiries we receive on this day.
It is a very recent trend. A few years ago, I would not have acknowledged that such a spike in enquiries really happened. However, in the last few years, and with increased media hype about ‘Divorce Day’, that has changed.
In fact, the spike in enquiries has started early. Stowe Family Law has seen a 50 per cent increase since Boxing Day. Why? For a lot of couples, Christmas is very stressful and expensive. The way we approach Christmas has changed too. For one thing, it’s longer. For many people it’s a two week holiday as opposed to three days. The pressure it can create is terrible.
The end result of all that pressure can often be panic. That’s why our enquiries spike so dramatically. However, the number of people who take their enquiry all the way through to an official divorce petition is not as high as you may expect.
This is because, more than anything, people are seeking advice. They want to know what will happen if they do split up. What is the procedure for divorce? What will happen to any children they have? How will the finances ultimately be resolved?
Once they have answers to these questions, they’ve taken some time to think about it, a lot of them decide not to proceed.
Lawyers cannot force anyone to get a divorce. Absolutely no one will go ahead with a divorce unless they convinced there is no alternative and the marriage has irretrievably broken down.
If you need some legal advice about a possible divorce, or any other family law matter, please do not hesitate to contact me. Alternatively for Kindle users, the latest edition of my book Divorce & Splitting Up: Advice from a top divorce lawyer is available to download for just 99p.