There has been recent media speculation that the New Year is no longer “D” day for divorce.

Patterns of divorce have been studied over the last few years, the results have interestingly shown that there is a peak of new divorce petitions in September after the summer holiday period.

The reasons for this are unclear; however there is an assumption the additional financial burden of the summer holidays, coupled with difficulties juggling work and childcare over the summer could be to blame.  It has even been suggested that simply the stress of a two week holiday in close proximity can test even the strongest of marriages, particularly if the holiday has not lived up to expectation leaving the parties to the marriage disappointed upon return. There is also speculation some couples view  the family summer holiday as “make or break” in terms of their marriage, choosing to pursue a divorce once the children have returned to school in September.

Whatever the reasons, it is clear divorce is seasonal, petitions are at their lowest in November and December, peaking in the New Year, dipping in spring and then spiking up again in early September.

Whatever time of year you decide to separate from your spouse is not a decision to be taken lightly.  Our experienced family team at Farleys understand separation is a difficult and emotional time, particularly when there are children involved.  Taking legal advice in the early stages is advantageous, we will discuss with you the options available, including arrangements for the children, the family home and advise you on your financial position.

Whether you are considering separating from your spouse and are seeking advice, or indeed you do wish to petition for divorce, we can help. Contact us today for an appointment; we have offices in Blackburn, Burnley, Accrington, Preston and Manchester.

We also offer free family clinic on a Thursday between 4pm and 6pm at our offices in Blackburn and Burnley. For more information telephone our family team on 0845 287 0939 or e-mail us here.