Divorce enquiries at law firms traditionally surge on the first working Monday of the New Year—so much so that it has become known as Divorce Day.  

More than 40 per cent of all marriages now end in divorce, reports the Office for National Statistics. And one in five married couples start thinking about separating during the post-Christmas period, according to research from leading law firm Irwin Mitchell.

But the stress of Christmas and the January blues isn't the only factor affecting the timing of divorces. Financial pressures figure increasingly in such decisions.

If you feel there are problems in your relationship, or if you've already decided to get divorced, it's useful to know what help and support is out there.

To get the facts and learn about sources of advice, see our information on Families. Topics range from how to get help with your relationship, to deciding which lawyer could help you.

To keep on top of costs when you're using legal services, get tips on help with legal costs.

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