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As we bring in the new year, resolutions are at the forefront of everyone’s mind, bringing with it fresh starts and changes. For this reason divorce is often one of the top resolutions that people make, hence the reason January is dubbed “divorce month”.

There are many reasons that people decide to file for divorce in January and this year following months of varied forms of lockdown, people are seeking a better year than 2020 turned out to be.

This year in particular the beginning weeks of January will see people suffering from great emotional, mental and financial stress, following the festive period, making it more difficult than usual to cope for many.

With lockdown it could be the case that many marriages have been close to breaking point before the festive period but without the mundane distractions of day to day life over Christmas, people potentially drinking more heavily and emotions at a high after the recent bad news, couples have reached breaking point and had time to think and reflect.

Here at Ramsdens, we are of the view that it is a myth that most new divorce enquires come through on Divorce Day (the first Monday of January). Our experience over the years has shown that although we do receive a number of new enquiries on that particular day, it is mainly throughout the whole of January and February that we see an increase in couples separating.

Helen Thewlis, Partner and Head of the Family team at Ramsdens comments: “2020 has been tough for us all. There has been added pressures mounted on relationships, from employment worries, to home schooling, mental stress and the inability to leave your home bubble, all adding to the regular stresses of a relationship, subsequently leading to a marriage breakdown.”

Divorce is never easy especially, when children are involved. Our Resolution trained Family Lawyers recognise this and handle all family matters, including divorce, with integrity and efficiency all in a non-confrontational way.

If you would like to speak to one of our experts we offer free 30 minute virtual consultations which can take place on phone or by video link from 7:45am until 7:00pm Monday to Friday. Call us free on 08000 147720 or email for more information.