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Is January really “Divorce Month”?

Posted on 16th January 2023 in Family Law

Posted by

Rachael Jones

Is January really “Divorce Month”?

Historically, the first Monday in January has been known as “Divorce Day” due to the surge in enquiries relating to divorce and separation. However, the whole month of January is quickly becoming known in the media and legal sector as “Divorce Month”, as the increase in enquiries remains consistent throughout the whole month.

Do more couples split in January?

The normal pressures of the festive period lead to an emotional and stressful time for many, that compounded with concerns regarding the current economic climate, numerous couples look for advice after the holidays on applying for a divorce.

It is not uncommon for couples to have decided to split before the Christmas period but if there are children involved, understandably the incentive to give a ‘normal’ Christmas may be a key factor to stay together until the New Year.

What is No-Fault Divorce?

In April 2022, the law surrounding the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act in England and Wales was dramatically changed so that a divorce application can now be made without either party apportioning blame for the breakdown of the marriage. Our guide to No-Fault Divorce can be found here.

Whilst this change in law may go some way to reducing animosity and confrontation between divorcing couples, we understand that it can still be a very difficult and emotional time.

How we can help

The New Year can bring up a range of feelings and emotions for many different people, and if you are considering a divorce, it is important to know that there are professionals who can help. We can assist with the practicalities, such as finances on divorce and child arrangement matters.

If family life becomes challenging, it can be an emotional experience. To learn more about divorce/separation, explore our family law page or arrange a free consultation with a specialist family lawyer. Whatever stage you’re at, we’ll be there to support you through it all.

For any help or support with separation, child arrangement orders, or supporting your children, then please contact our dedicated Family Law team. 

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