7th January is being dubbed 'Divorce Day' by many solicitors and relationship support services. The first day back at work for many in the legal profession traditionally sees a significant spike in enquiries about divorce.
Since last year, spouses have been able to file for divorce in certain circumstances online, which resulted in 455 applications between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve with 13 applications being filed on Christmas Day itself.
Although overall figures for the number of divorces in England and Wales continue to fall, solicitors see a significant increase in enquiries about divorce during the first month of the year. Some legal firms claim that business can double at this time of the year as couples fail to retrieve relationships after being together for Christmas and the New Year.
Ammanda Major, a counsellor from the charity Relate, said: “Many people hope that the festive period will be a time of coming together, so when this doesn’t happen the sense of failure and sadness can further exacerbate problems that were there in the first place.
“Pressures can build up when people are spending an extended period of time together.
"For some people it might be the additional financial pressure of Christmas that triggers a problem, while for others it could be the stress of trying to keep everyone from the in-laws to the children happy."
For some other couples, the suspicion of their partner having an affair or the discovery of something that cannot be easily explained can result in resorting to help from a counsellor or taking legal advice.
It is important that if you suspect your partner is hiding a secret relationship, that you get expert help in either confirming or allaying your suspicions.
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