COLUMN: Warring partners' friction over festive period triggers a spike in divorces

The festive season is over and sadly, with it, are many marriages as the New Year always sees solicitors kept busy with new divorce cases.

Wednesday, 2nd January 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 9th January 2019, 2:55 am
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It is not the most festive tale with which to start 2019, but it’s a message that needs to be told to those who 
experienced a far from joyous Christmas, writes Jonathan Corbishley.

According to statistics, divorce solicitors see twice as many people as at any other time of year as soon as they return to work in the New Year and 2019 is set to be the same.

As a solicitor, I sometimes get asked why the festive period is so bad for relationship breakdown. Quite simply, it is because prolonged periods of leisure time when people are removed from normal work and family commitments is when they start to examine if they are really happy with their current situation.

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There are often more arguments, where previously there had been simmering tensions as families are locked indoors for prolonged periods, over- indulgence on alcohol and general festive stresses can add fuel to the fire.

The festive season is also the time of the year when an illicit affair becomes more difficult to hide because of family commitments, and if you then add in the financial and social pressures of a 21st century Christmas, then it can make for disaster.

Stripping away the Christmas gloss that the retailers promote, the fact is that just like general life, not all Christmases are created equally.

This all means that January is often the month when those couples who are already in strained relationships look to start a fresh chapter in their lives, meaning that one of the first calls they make in the New Year is to a family law firm.

For those of you who did not have a good Christmas and New Year, we hope that this article gives you comfort that you are not alone. and that the next year will be gentler on you.

• Jonathan Corbishley is a legal expert at Derbyshire Family Law.