Divorce lawyers brace themselves for what has now become known as ‘Black Monday’ ( or “D Day”) which falls on the first Monday in the office after the extended Christmas break.
Whether it’s the strain of spending extended time together; the expense of Christmas; alcohol… or a combination of all of these, traditionally January is a busy time for matrimonial lawyers.
Money worries is a concern for many that we see and, with signs of a struggling economy ongoing, some recent research undertaken by Relate makes for worrying reading. Relate polled just over 2,700 people and almost 60% were worried about their economical prospects for the New Year. Worries about paying household bills was the top concern for most, with over 1/3 of those polled admitting financial worries had led to more family arguments and stress.
As if that wasn’t enough, it also seems that the United Kingdom has one of the highest rates of family breakdown in the Western world with just 68.9% of children living with both parents in the UK, compared to 95.2% in Finland, 92.1% in Italy and 1.5% in Spain.
The Marriage Foundation confirmed “the latest UK data tells us that 450 of every 1,000 children will experience the break-up of their parents before their sixteenth birth, largely the result of a trend away from marriage, in particular the collapse of unmarried families” as stated by their Communications Director, Harry Benson.
So much hard work and effort goes into the preparation for the Christmas period, that it is sad that we see many clients who have had unhappy Christmases, with just one argument too many that has pushed them to the conclusion that the marriage is over.
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