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'Sadly our figures show that the January divorce spike is no myth. Every year we see a marked rise in enquiries and instructions in January from people who have decided that the time is right to separate from their partner.There are over 100,000 divorces each year, but with around half of these involving children, Irwin Mitchell says that most clients start the process with an emphasis on separating amicably.
Many appointments will have been made in December by people who were already planning to start the divorce process in the New Year, while others may have had a bad time over the holiday period and realised that they want to make a fresh start in January.
When we asked couples about stress at Christmas, 42% said that they often ended up arguing in front of their children despite trying not to – this can lead to people evaluating their relationships and making a commitment to themselves to start afresh.'
'Divorce is much less of a taboo issue in the modern world and there are different ways to separate in a less adversarial way if that’s what both parties want. We are seeing more over 60s separating and a rise in fixed-fee divorces for people who agree on the split of their assets and have an ‘un-complicated’ situation. The important thing is that people seek specialist advice to ensure that what they are doing is right for them and especially any children involved.'
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