Merseyside solicitors, Brown Turner Ross are preparing for one of the busiest times of the year. Tuesday 4th of January marks D-Day for 2011 – The date which marks the beginning of one of the busiest periods for solicitors all over the country as feuding couples retain legal representation and file for divorce.
The first working day after the Christmas break is known in the legal profession as D-Day (Divorce Day) when couples decide to end their marriage and seek legal representation for their impending divorce proceedings later in the year.
The rise in enquiries is attributed to many factors. Couples with children often hide their marital discontent leading up to and during Christmas so as not to mar the festive period for the rest of the family. Many see the New Year as a chance for a new start and as such decide to end their marriage.
Samantha Bushell, Partner at Brown Turner Ross Solicitors said:
“The first working week after the Christmas break is traditionally a very busy time, with a noticeable rise in the number of people seeking legal representation, requests for legal advice or people wanting to begin divorce proceedings. If couples feel they have no option but to end their marriage, the best advice is to seek proper legal advice; get a clear understanding of your options and address any concerns you might have regarding children, shared equity and future financial security.”
Research by the Office of National Statistics suggests the divorce rate for England and Wales fell in 2008 with 2009 figures due to be published in February 2011. The rates of enquiries are expected to fall again due to an uncertain economy and an unstable housing market: many will find it difficult to unlock shared equity for their settlements. However, if this downward trend is represented in other EU countries, the UK will still see a large number of divorce applications in 2011 and still have one of the highest rates of divorce in Europe.