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Unwrapping the Issues of Divorce at Christmas

Once the tinsel has been removed, the tree taken down and the last of the leftovers eaten, the end of the Christmas period can bring a hard realisation to the troubles that may have been hidden in the rush of preparation.

New Year – New Beginnings

The stresses of the Christmas period often stem from financial struggles in purchasing the latest on-trend gifts, taking time off work to tackle the holiday organisations, or spending time in the company of extended family. As a result, many households see a rise in the consumption of alcohol, for some as a way to relieve stress and others in the height of celebration. Alcohol is known to alter our feelings due to the increased amount of serotonin and endorphins our bodies have to make to regulate our emotions when consuming alcohol. For some, this can be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to relationships as many struggle to contain their thoughts and feelings when under the influence.

The Next Step

In 2018 there were 455 online divorce applications submitted to HM Courts & Tribunals Service between Christmas Eve and News Years; 13 of those were submitted on Christmas Day. With each New Year, we see a regular spike in the number of separations with most divorces in the UK citing the reason for parting as ‘unreasonable behaviour’.

At Linder Myers, we aim to provide a service that makes the process of filing for divorce as easy and comfortable as possible; even more so when this comes at such a sensitive time. The first step is often the most daunting, but our specialist Family department is always on-hand to explain the process, answer any questions or doubts and hopefully relieve a whole heap of stress and worry for the year ahead.

If you are looking for advice on divorce or any matter regarding family, please contact Linder Myers today on 0800 042 0700 or

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