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Divorce D-Day

December 2014

In January each year the media always carries reports of “Divorce D-Day”.  The actual date of “D-Day” varies from year to year, but typically it will be the first day of the year upon which law firms reopen following the Christmas/New Year break or the first day that the majority of people return to work following that holiday period, if different.  (This year this will be on 5 January 2015).

On “Divorce D-Day” law firms are reported to be inundated by potential new clients who wish to divorce.  Reasons for this contention include:-

  • That spending time with one’s spouse, family, etcetera, has put a severe strain on an already fragile marriage
  • That the cost of celebrating the Christmas/New Year period puts considerable strain on a family’s finances, which they may well be unable to afford
  • That the Christmas/New Year period provides a time to reflect on the nature of the parties’ relationship, this coupled with thoughts of a “new start in the a lawyer of the New Year”
  • That any plans to seek legal advice and/or to commence divorce proceedings are put on hold until the holiday period has come to an end, particularly if the parties have school age children.

Interestingly enough, the media does not report that civil partners and cohabiting couples rush to seek legal advice in the post-Christmas/New Year period.

No doubt the position varies from law firm to law firm and perhaps from geographical area to geographical area.  Our experience at Taylor Fordyce is that the level of family law enquiries tends to be fairly uniform throughout the year, rather than to have the peaks and troughs reported in the media, apart from during the main school holiday periods.

Whenever people are considering ending any relationship such as a marriage, a civil partnership or cohabitation they should first of all seek independent legal advice before deciding on how best to proceed.  Whilst the internet is obviously a useful source of information not all of this will be accurate.  There really is no substitute for sound legal advice from an experienced lawyer.

Taylor Fordyce has a Family Law Team comprising two highly experienced lawyers, Martin Chambers and Michael Dyer. Both Martin and Michael are members of Resolution – first for family law, an organisation of 6,500 family lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes.

We appreciate that it can be daunting to seek legal advice, particularly in connection with family matters, for a variety of reasons, including cost.  So we offer all potential family law clients an initial 30 minute appointment which is entirely free of charge and without any obligation on your part.  Unlike some law firms, we will never charge you retrospectively for that first appointment, should you instruct us to act for you.

Again recognising concerns about cost, we offer fixed fees to Petitioners (those starting the process) in both divorce and civil partnership dissolution matters. We also offer discounted initial bills and reduced fees to members of the military, their families and of organisations such as SSAFA that offer support to the military. We are members of Armed Forces Legal Action, the Blue Light Card Scheme, the Defence Discount Scheme and Rewards for Forces, Full details of all of these schemes are available on request.

We also operate in a friendly and approachable manner and avoid the use of legal “jargon”.

To arrange an appointment to see one of our family lawyers on a totally free and without obligation basis, please contact us by either telephone (01962 841041) or by email (info@taylorfordyce.co.uk).