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Family lawyer warns over seasonal marriage strains

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One of the region’s leading matrimonial solicitors has issued a new year’s warning to couples as UK divorce rates continue to rise.

Respected family law expert Anna Robinson, a senior associate at law firm mfg Solicitors, has spoken as the latest data shows that 113,505 couples divorced in 2021, compared to 103,592 in 2020 – a 10% increase.

Mrs Robinson, who recently joined the firm’s Family department, has used the findings to warn couples following the ‘seasonal strains’ which may have tested their relationship during the Christmas period.

She said: “This divorce data from the Office of National Statistics highlights that whilst the new ‘no fault’ legislation came into effect from 6th April 2022 an ever- increasing number of marriages aren’t surviving. Historically the data goes up every January following a period where couples have spent longer than normal time together where the pressure of wanting Christmas to be perfect can drive a permanent wedge between married couples.

“There’s absolutely no doubt that the festive period gives a springboard for divorce. It’s a time when sadly there is an increase in arguments and domestic violence and when, as a firm, we usually see an upturn in the number of people from across the region looking for advice.

“The cracks caused by seasonal relationship strains can be tough to paper over. However, there’s no reason why some couples can’t use the time they’d had together to overcome their problems too. Like all others, the Christmas just gone was a time for family and celebration, not a time which should drive resentment and separation.”

Mrs Robinson added: “I think everyone recognises that some marriages go beyond breaking point and the chance of reconciliation is slim. Therefore, it’s vital, especially if children are involved, that couples refrain from point scoring and seek professional legal guidance.”

The Family team from mfg Solicitors can be contacted through 0845 55 55 321, or through email via