January is a month of making changes. Whether you have made a resolution to do something positive such as finally looking for a new job, quitting smoking, or exercising more, this time of year is perfect for starting a fresh.

This may go some way to explain why we notice an increase in the number of people seeking divorce advice at this time of year. It seems that when it comes to making a fresh start, personal life and relationships are a popular place to start.

Another of the key drivers for couples seeking divorce in January is the increased amount of time couples tend to spend together over Christmas. With many people off work over the festive period, couples spend much more time together than normal, which can give rise to arguments and fall-outs.  With more time to reflect on life and the dawning of a New Year to provide the impetus to act, more couples decide to separate at this time of year than any other. So much so that the first day back to work, which this year was 3rd January for many employees, is often referred to as ‘D-Day’.

It is very sad when couples feel that they have no alternative other than to divorce, especially where there are children involved. Although a distressing and traumatic event in anyone’s life; it may be the case that divorce is a better alternative than staying in a relationship in which the parties are unhappy.

Seeking initial advice from a family law solicitor is essential when couples are thinking about separating. Deciding to divorce is a decision not to be taken lightly; and it is important that no rash decisions are made. Consulting with a divorce lawyer can help you to establish your position in relation to the family home, arrangements regarding children and issues in relation to financial matters.  If you would like to arrange a confidential meeting with a divorce solicitor in Manchester, Blackburn, Burnley or Accrington, please don’t hesitate to contact us.