Lawyers in Sheffield prepare for busiest month of the year as divorce figures rise

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Lawyers in Sheffield are bracing themselves for the busiest month in their calendar.

The New Year period is traditionally the busiest time for the divorce and family law teams at Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield office.

Instructions for the team were up 27 per cent in January last year, compared with the average month, while the year before divorce instructions were up 25 per cent.

The Monday of the first full week back at work after the New Year is often referred to as Divorce-Day or D-Day.

Research commissioned by Irwin Mitchell revealed almost one in five couples were considering staying together over Christmas before ending their marriage in January.

Zoe Round, a specialist divorce and family lawyer, said: “Sadly our figures show that the January divorce spike is no myth. Every year we see a marked rise in enquiries and instructions in January from people who have decided that the time is right to separate from their partner.

“Many appointments will have been made in December by people who were already planning to start the divorce process in the New Year, while others may have had a bad time over the holiday period and realised they want to make a fresh start in January.”