After the Christmas and New Year festivities it will be the start of a challenging period for some families.
The annual rush of enquiries about divorce on the first full working day in January – nicknamed “divorce day” – widely attributed to a combination of couples who have already drifted apart being forced to spend extended periods of time together over the festive period.
Many Surveys indicate that a third of potential divorcees specifically wanted one last Christmas as a family and just over one in 10 said they did not want to upset loved ones, 40% of parents admit that financial pressures are also known to be key issues in arguments at this time of year.
The number of older couples seeking to seperate has also reached an all-time high. The Office of National Statistics found that just under 60,400 people over the age of 50 got divorced in England and Wales in 2013, a rise of 11 per cent in a decade at a time when the overall number of divorces has fallen
This is dubbed the “silver splitter” phenomenon and can be attributed to longer life expectancy, a greater proportion of women with careers and financial independence, couples simply drifting apart, often as a result of empty nest syndrome which emerges when children have grown up and left the family home, and in our weekly clinics we see this trend echoed.
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