It’s that time of year again when there is coverage in the press in relation to Divorce Day or ‘D-Day’. D-Day, for family solicitors, is traditionally the first full day back in the office after the New Year when there is a spike of new divorce enquiries.
Having worked at National and Regional Law Firms, I notice a spike in new enquiries. This does not necessarily mean however that there is a spike in new instructions as often people just want to know what their rights are and what options are open to them before making a decision. It is also not just divorce enquiries either. People in a same-sex marriage/civil partnership and unmarried couples also seek advice.
My experience tells me that the onset of holidays is often a reason to delay dealing with marital/relationship problems. People leave it until after such holidays to seek help with their marriages. This could be in the form of marriage guidance counselling if couples want to save their marriage, but sadly, it can also mean taking steps to legally end a relationship.
The focus for many people going through marital difficulties is often on getting the family through Christmas and the New Year. The period in the run up to and during Christmas can often be a stressful one and the stress can also add to a spouse’s decision to seek advice in the New Year. If there are underlying problems in a relationship they can often be exposed during the festive period when the family spends a great deal of time together.
If you intended to instruct a solicitor before Christmas but have delayed it or have had a stressful Christmas/New Year with your spouse/partner, then it is always a good idea to seek legal advice if you are contemplating ending the relationship or if the relationship has come to an end.
Anthony Jones is the Head of Family Law and is a Resolution Accredited Specialist. For more information or a second opinion, please contact him on 0161 641 4555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org