January to see more divorces than any other month with divorce rates set to soar by 80 per cent after the strain of the festive period.
Oldham Divorce Solicitor Specialist at Wrigley Claydon Jill Walker comments, “It is true that we see an increase in new divorce instructions in January, there can be several reasons for this”:
- The New Year is a time many of us assess our lives and relationships. This can result is some wishing to initiate a new or fresh start, which can mean terminating a marriage which they feel is no longer working.
- The emotional and financial pressures of spending time together as a family can be the final straw for some relationships. Existing problems can reach boiling point over the festive period when families spend more time than usual together and issues are brought to the forefront. (Incidentally, the second most popular time for a divorce is September, following the end of the school holidays).
- The social pressure to enjoy Christmas as a family forces many couples to wait until the New Year. Often they do not want to spoil this time for their children and wider family so wait until the New Year to avoid causing distress during what is meant to be a special time.
Research from Relate shows figures will increase this month as many struggling couples see the New Year as a new start. The relationship support service said it experienced an increase in calls from December 2012 to January 2013, with 10,608 calls in December and 19,138 calls in January.
For anyone in the Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Yorkshire area considering a divorce, Jill explains what steps to take,
“Choosing to divorce your partner is a huge decision to make and it is helpful to understand your legal position. Speaking to a solicitor is often the first step, we can give you advice on your rights, duties and entitlements. We can discuss what your options are, the process of separating and getting divorced. We are here to help and support people through a very difficult time, whilst most importantly helping achieve the desired outcome.”
Anyone interested in discussing a divorce or other legal query is offered a free 30 minute interview, either at Wrigley Claydon’s free clinic on a Wednesday afternoon or at a time to suit.