Experts at law firm Napthens are reporting an increase in the number of enquiries from couples looking to separate following the summer holidays.
Helen Lucking, partner in the firm’s Family team, reports that they have noticed a significant increase in the number of new enquiries in the first week of September, with 40 in one week. This of course coincides with children returning to school.
Helen explained that many parents put off divorcing until this time; and in many cases extended periods spent with partners, for instance on holiday, can lead to separation among childless couples too.
She said: “June and August were relatively high for new enquiries, but the Family team here is already reporting high levels during the first week of September.
“Unfortunately, this is a pattern which we have seen before. Quite often people have been on holiday together and have come to realise that perhaps there are more issues in a relationship than previously thought.
“Often those couples with children find that problems raise their heads during the same time, and once the children are back at school have more time to consult a solicitor.
“Once the normality and routine return, we usually find an associated increase in enquiries relating to divorce. There is also often a desire to have a divorce completed by Christmas, and the process can be fairly lengthy, so people consult a solicitor at this time of year.”