The Divorce Day myth continues

By Lenore Rice

Divorce Day is fast becoming a fixed calendar date in the media world, with articles about an increase in divorce enquiries appearing every year in the first week of January.

Many of these articles continue to frame the conversation in terms of couples of who have had a bad experience over Christmas, or as part of some resolution brought about by New Year introspection. Articles this year have pointed to idealised images of romance and love in the build up to Christmas, pressure to cook 5-star quality meals for the extended family, disapproving mother-in-laws, and various other stresses that all combined to make Christmas a "hard" time. One article encouraged anyone considering applying for a divorce in January to give it another month to see how they feel after the stress of Christmas is over, once again implying that for many it was a knee-jerk reaction.

While it is true that many family law solicitors see an increase in divorce enquiries in January, it has nothing to do with spending too much time with the in-laws, or a sudden New Year epiphany. Regardless of what time of the year a person seeks legal advice from a divorce solicitor, it is usually a step that has taken a great deal of time to arrive at, and a measure employed because other efforts have failed.

It is worth noting that divorce enquiries tend to dip at the end of November and during December every year. It is often the case that couples who have resolved to split decide to put it on hold until the holiday period has passed, because it is a family orientated period and they don't want to cause upset, especially if there are children involved. That results in a build up of spouses wanting to divorce that eventually then all come together as soon as the holiday period is over.

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