Did you know that January 8th, 2018 has been dubbed divorce day?
It is an unfortunate fact of life that many couples consider ending their marriage over the Christmas period
Last January Relate received a 24% increase in calls to their helpline compared with the average received the previous month. A similar peak is predicted this year.
The ONS states that there has been a 5% increase in divorce petitions submitted to the Courts in the first few days of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017.
Financial pressures and tensions over Christmas are blamed for the surge in divorce enquiries.
A survey of 2000 adults found that more than a third (37%) said financial pressures were the biggest challenge to their marriage whilst 22% said most of their arguments centred on money.
Of those who said they had considered leaving their partner, a quarter (25%) said that they stay together because they were worried about their children and 24% were concerned about losing their home.
Shockingly more than a quarter (27%) of those surveyed admitted they had cheated but not told their partner while 7% said they had carried the secret for more than 10 years.
Overall 42% of marriages now end in divorce with the average marriage now lasting 12 years.
If you are experiencing any of these issues, please call Gordon Johnson at Jarmans on 01795 472291.