The first Monday in January is commonly known as ‘Divorce Day’, as this is the day when solicitors tend to receive a flood of calls from couples whose New Year has got off to a less than happy start.

The sad truth is that Christmas and New Year can be crunch-time for people who are experiencing relationship problems.

With most people enjoying time off work over the festive period, couples find themselves spending more time than usual together, which can be the spark that ignites underlying problems in a relationship.

People’s instinct is to get through the festivities, perhaps for the sake of children and wider family, before seeking a fresh start in the New Year.

Taking the decision to separate is a big step. There are a lot of considerations including how the best interests of children will be met, living arrangements and separation of finances.

Even if your separation is an amicable one, you will certainly need a solicitor to help steer you through the process.

A DIY divorce might seem appealing, but it can be a difficult and draining process. It is also important to properly formalise things like money matters using a financial consent order so that the door is fully closed on future financial claims, allowing you to make a clean break.

There’s no doubt that relationship breakdown is difficult and emotional, but a fully qualified family solicitor can guide you through the process and ensure you are properly represented and your best interests protected.

If you are one of the many people who need advice this Divorce Day, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by phoning Sarah Jones on 01782 205000 or emailing sarah.jones@beswicks.com.