National Divorce Day 2023 - What is it and why does it exist?

The start of the new year brings with it fresh beginnings, but sadly some endings too. As the festive season comes to an end, there tends to be a rise in divorce enquiries – resulting in what’s known as ‘National Divorce Day’.
We break down what this day means and why the new year tends to see a spike in relationship breakdowns.

What is National Divorce Day?

National Divorce Day typically lands on the first working monday of every year, as this is a day that usually brings a high volume of divorce enquiries to family lawyers.

Why is there a jump in divorce enquiries at the start of the year?

It is thought that the rise in divorce enquiries is because couples’ problems have been exacerbated over the Christmas period. Christmas can be a stressful time for many, with stretched financial resources and greater interaction with extended family members. Couples may also be looking to retain a sense of normality over the festive period, particularly for the sake of their children.

With the Coronavirus pandemic, various national lockdowns and the current economic crisis all thrown into the mix, couples have faced additional struggles that have had a detrimental impact on their relationships, including mental health issues, job losses, money worries and ill health. Sadly, it is believed this has contributed to the rise in relationship breakdowns over the last few years.

Has the ‘no-fault’ divorce made a difference?

The law changed in April 2022 to allow couples to remove the fault or delay requirements, so they can begin their divorce proceedings together without having to cite blame. The aim is to set the tone for a more amicable resolution of related financial and child arrangements issues. Whilst this reduces conflict, it could also see a larger number of couples applying for divorce on the basis that their marriage has broken down through no particular fault of one person. We await the statistics to show whether that is the case.

How can I find out more about getting a divorce?

If you or someone you know is seeking a divorce, our dedicated team of Family lawyers are here to support you. Please visit our Separation, Divorce, Finances & Children page for more details on how we can work with you, or contact a member of our Family team below.

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