More couples turn to divorce in the New Year

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Increasing numbers of divorce cases during the New Year is being reported by a Lancashire family lawyer.

January is said to be the busiest month for divorces being filed, second only to September.

Simon Gledhill, head of the Family team at Napthens solicitors in Preston, reports that the inquiries received by the law firm following the Christmas break traditionally increase. He said: “In January we certainly get an increased number of inquiries about relationships breaking down or contact issues.

“This is no coincidence and reflects that couples have recently had a fairly long break from work, spending more time together – a similar reason for the increase in divorces in September after school holidays.

“Often we find that Christmas and the new year can be a catalyst for making an important change, or that a couple has put off a divorce until after the festive season. Unfortunately, a divorce can be a very painful process, but avoiding court – often an expensive, stressful experience – can make things easier.

“Anyone with concerns should contact their solicitor for advice.”