Christmas - The Divorce Season is Upon Us, Says Divorce-Online

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Christmas is always considered to be a stressful time of year - something reflected in the number of divorces filed in the courts after the Christmas period is over.

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

Christmas is always considered to be a stressful time of year - something reflected in the number of divorces filed in the courts after the Christmas period is over.

Divorce-Online, the largest online divorce service in the UK, carried out a survey of 1,000 visitors to their website during October and November asking whether their users believed the festive season had an effect on the decision to divorce in their family.

Of the 1000 respondents to the survey, 57.3 per cent said that it had had an effect, 29.5 per cent said it had not and the remainder 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"

The evidence is not just anecdotal as Resolution, the organisation that represents family law solicitors, records a peak number of inquiries each January.

With the cost of divorce now only rising through increases in lawyers fees, court fee hikes and legal aid being reduced, many people are turning to self help services like Divorce-Online to help them achieve a quick, amicable and inexpensive divorce.

Divorce-Online charge £95.00 for their document and telephone support service and £165.00 for a managed service where they also deal with the court administration. This compares to an average of £850.00 for the average high street solicitor.

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