January is traditionally one of the busiest months for divorce solicitors. In the industry, the first working Monday after new year is known as ‘Divorce Day’, because it is the day when solicitors receive the highest number of divorce petitions. ‘Divorce Day’ 2021 falls on 4th January, and we would be remiss if we didn’t predict that our inboxes will be even fuller than in previous years.
There are many reasons why people specifically choose January to file for divorce and very few of them are ever knee-jerk reactions. People rarely choose to end a marriage or civil partnership over one event or argument, but the festive season puts divisions and rifts under a microscope, placing families in close confines for an extended period and magnifying problems that already exist. As a result, after the champagne has been drunk and the party poppers popped, clear heads make couples consider whether they want the same experience in the newly dawned year.
There’s another reason why we’re predicting full inboxes in January. The two lockdowns experienced during 2020. In September the BBC forecast a ‘divorce boom’, citing statistics from the Citizen’s Advice Bureau’s divorce webpage which showed a 25% rise in views compared to 2019 (it’s worth adding that in 2019 there were over 100,000 divorces, the highest level in 5 years).
Experts have argued that the pandemic has exacerbated problems within marriages, creating a lengthier period for relationships to be held under a magnifying glass. With two lockdowns within the space of 8 months, and a festive season that looks to potentially be far less festive than normal, it’s understandable for couples to begin to question their futures together.
Divorce, just like marriage, isn’t a decision to be entered into lightly, so we always recommend seeking professional legal advice before making any weighty decisions. If you would like to speak to a member of our team, please email or phone us to make an appointment. We offer a free initial 15-minute, pre-bookable phone call with one of our experienced family law team. Alternatively, we offer a fixed £120 fee inc VAT for a 45-minute meeting with one of our highly experienced family team.