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Christmas has always been considered to be a stressful time of the year. So stressful, in fact, that it has been reflected in the number of divorces filed in the courts after the Christmas period is over.
Divorce-Online carried out a survey of 1,000 visitors to their website during October and November asking whether their users believed the festive holiday season had an effect on the decision to divorce in their family.
Their statistics showed that of the 1,000 respondents to the survey, 57.3 per cent said that it did play a major role in their decision, 29.5 per cent said it had not effected their decision and the remainder of surveyors did not know.
Mark Keenan, Legal Director at Divorce-Online said “relationships that are already in trouble are likely to falter during the Christmas break with all the stress it can bring emotionally and financially, and that the decision to separate appears to be taken during the festive break, with many couples then launching their divorce petitions 2 years later”
Need further proof? Organizations such as Resolution, who represent family law solicitors, do record a peak number of inquiries each January.