According to BBC News, thirteen people filed for divorce on Christmas Day in England and Wales, official figures show.
They were among 455 online divorce applications submitted to HM Courts & Tribunals Service between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. 26 people submitted applications on Christmas Eve, 23 on Boxing Day and 77 on New Year’s Day.
It is often said that people wait until the Christmas festivities are over before starting divorce proceedings and much talk about the so called ‘D Day’ – the first Monday after the Christmas holidays, when all unhappily married people are supposedly seeking out divorce lawyers.
Most lawyers will tell you that whilst this is emphasised in the press the reality is not so.
Quite often people are returning to work, children are returning to school and family members who have visited over Christmas have gone home making it easier to get appointments. Many law firms are closed over the Christmas period meaning that most appointments will have to wait until the New Year. However, it would now seem with the use of technology life goes on over the Christmas period including the issuing of divorce petitions!
Whilst many people now choose to initiate divorce proceedings themselves, we always recommend that they get a lawyer to consider the documents before lodging them at court to ensure that there are no mistakes to avoid delays. We also believe it is imperative that advice is sought in relation to finances. Simply obtaining a divorce does not extinguish your financial claims and these can be particularly complex particularly if there are a number of assets either here or abroad or businesses. There may also be tax implications.
Here at The Family Law Company we offer a free half hour if you wish to find out what your options are and seek some initial advice about starting proceedings in the right way.