Why Divorce Solicitors get More Enquiries in January
Divorce Solicitors often get more enquiries in January, as many people who want to get a divorce choose to have one last Christmas together before starting proceedings.
And it’s not just Divorce Solicitors who see an increase in enquiries, as relationship charity Relate says it sees an increase in enquiries every January after tensions come to a head over the festive season.
According to research by Relate, money worries are the number one strain on relationships, with 26% experiencing this pressure. Since Christmas can be an expensive time, it’s perhaps unsurprising to learn that more than half of UK adults believe the festive season places added strain on relationships.
New data from the Ministry of Justice certainly indicates as much, with figures showing the HM Courts & Tribunals Service received 455 online divorce applications from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day. And 13 of these were submitted on Christmas Day.
Relate estimates that nearly three million adults in the UK are in what it describes as a “distressed relationship”. So while Christmas isn’t necessarily the cause of divorce or separation, it can expose pre-existing fault lines in a relationship. Financial pressures and family arguments over the festive season can push couples to breaking point, so many people will choose to start the divorce process when the New Year arrives.
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Grounds For Divorce
If you want to apply for divorce in England or Wales, you must have been married for at least a year. You must also prove that your marriage has “irretrievably broken down” for at least one of the following reasons (commonly known as “grounds for divorce”).
- Adultery (with proof or an admission)
- Unreasonable behaviour, giving reasons such as lack of intimate relationship, frequent and recurring arguments, financial strain etc.
- You’ve been separated for more than 2 years, although both must agree to divorce
- You’ve been separated for at least 5 years, then you can divorce even if your husband or wife does not agree to divorce.
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