The Post-Christmas Goldrush.

Why divorce lawyers will rub their hands today

Divorce lawyers are bracing themselves for their busiest day of the year today after the long Christmas holiday took its toll on thousands of couples.

Family rows, boredom and a lack of sex are all cited as reasons for a split, along with a fling at the office party, financial worries and disappointing gifts.

The boom in New Year divorce proceedings has led many lawyers to call today DDay, or Divorce Day.

More than 1.8million couples will have contemplated splitting over the holiday period, according to the Family Mediation Helpline.

Derek Bedlow, of the online advice website InsideDivorce.com, said: “Christmas is a nightmare for anyone with a shaky relationship.

“There are so many opportunities for things to go badly – from rowing about which inlaws are coming to dinner, to disappointing presents. It’s a relationship minefield.”

Relate said it had seen a 50 per cent surge in the number of calls since December – mostly from women. Continue reading