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Post-festive spike in divorces looming

By David Mercer

Lawyers are bracing themselves for a surge in inquiries from married couples planning to split up after the Christmas break.

The number of people wanting to start divorce proceedings is said to peak on the first working Monday after New Year - dubbed "Divorce Day" - which falls on January 5 this year, legal firm Stowe Family Law said.

The company said it had traditionally seen a 30% spike in calls from people inquiring about getting a divorce.

Meanwhile, one in five people is considering separating from their partner after agreeing to stay together over the festive period, according to a poll of more than 2,000 married parents.

Lawyers Irwin Mitchell, which commissioned the research, also revealed divorce instructions rose by 27% across January last year compared to an average month, while the number of instructions was also up by 25% in January 2013.

John Nicholson at Irwin Mitchell said: "Sadly, our figures show that the January divorce spike is no myth."

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