Traditionally, the first working day after the Christmas and New Year break is one of the busiest of the year for divorce lawyers. It has come to be known as D-Day, with D standing for divorce.
Our divorce lawyers are therefore gearing up for a frantic new year.
‘We are expecting to be extremely busy in January’ says Wendy Bailey, Head of the Family team at Best. ‘Throughout 2016 we have seen an increase in the number of new divorce clients. Clients who we have seen throughout the year for initial enquiries will often use Christmas as a time of reflection, and the New Year as an opportunity for a new start.’
Wendy says that married couples with children are less likely to instruct solicitors immediately before Christmas. ‘Often, separating couples do not want to spoil Christmas for the children. Instead, they will make appointments to see a solicitor in the New Year, once they are back at work and the children are back at school.’ ‘Many couples decide to separate after spending time together over the holiday period, a time that they do not usually have together. Such a period of time tends to focus the minds of individuals who have previously felt that there were problems within the marriage, bringing them to the conclusion that such difficulties cannot be resolved and that the marriage should be ended. ‘
So as another festive season comes to a close, and people’s New Year resolutions are decided D-Day 2017 could well be set to be our busiest yet.
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