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Divorce Day: We debunk the myth of divorce at Christmas

By Georgina Hitchins on December 4, 2023

An article debunking the myth of divorce day

Debunking the ‘Divorce Day’ Myth: Understanding the Real Trends in UK Divorce Enquiries

The media’s portrayal of ‘Divorce Day’, the supposed annual peak day for divorce filings following the festive season, is more of a myth than a reality. In actuality, the increase in divorce enquiries in the UK is more gradual and varies throughout the year. Understanding the real trends behind these enquiries provides a more accurate picture of marital breakdowns and the decisions leading to divorce.

 Beyond theDivorce Day Myth: A Broader Perspective

The concept of a singular ‘Divorce Day’ stems from anecdotal evidence rather than statistical data. Legal firms often report an increase in enquiries in January, but this does not translate into a specific day with a spike in divorce filings. The decision to divorce is complex, influenced by personal, seasonal, and external factors, and is rarely taken impulsively or confined to a single day.

Seasonal Trends and Personal Decisions

While there is an observable rise in divorce enquiries in January, attributed to the reflection and family time during the holidays, it’s part of a gradual increase rather than a one-day event. Other times of the year, such as post-summer holidays and the end of the financial year in April, also see a rise in divorce enquiries. These patterns highlight that the decision to divorce is deeply personal, influenced by a range of factors, and cannot be pinned down to a specific day or season.

The Influence of External Factors

Economic conditions, changes in divorce laws, and societal attitudes towards marriage and divorce also play a significant role in when couples decide to divorce. These factors can cause fluctuations in divorce rates and timings, further dispelling the notion of a ‘Divorce Day‘.

BBC article of divorce day

Seeking Professional Guidance

Navigating the complexities of a divorce can be challenging and emotionally taxing. It’s crucial to seek professional legal advice to understand your rights and options. OLS Solicitors, with their expertise in family law, offer comprehensive guidance and support throughout the divorce process. They understand that every situation is unique and provide personalised advice to meet individual needs.

 Take the Next Step with OLS Solicitors

If you are considering divorce or need advice on family law matters, don’t hesitate to contact OLS Solicitors. Their team of experienced solicitors can provide you with the support and guidance you need during this difficult time. Reach out to OLS Solicitors for a consultation to discuss your specific circumstances and explore the best way forward.

Wrapping up

The narrative of a ‘Divorce Day’ simplifies a complex and personal decision. Understanding that divorce is a process influenced by various factors throughout the year is crucial. If you find yourself contemplating divorce, seeking professional advice is a vital step. Contact OLS Solicitors for expert legal guidance and support, ensuring that you navigate this challenging time with the best possible assistance.

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    • Georgina Hitchins

      Georgina has recently been admitted as a Solicitor following a long period of study while working as a paralegal with the firm. She has a degree in English literature and cultural criticism and obtained a PGCE in middle English. Before starting her legal career, Georgina has worked in the education sector as a teacher, recruitment services at a senior level as well as Management, Property Renovation and Maintenance with her own property company. She has always wanted to be a lawyer and OLS gave her the opportunity to study and work while raising her family. She has two young children and a partner in the forces.

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