Taylor&Emmet has reported that enquiries to the firm about divorce and separation increased by 41% in the first working week of January.
Similar increases were seen in email enquiries and traffic to the family law pages of the Sheffield firm’s website.
Michaela Heathcote, Taylor&Emmet’s head of family law, said that the Christmas period puts immense strain on relationships, leading to a peak in requests about divorce and separation in the first working days after the holidays.
“Making a break is a big decision and can be traumatic for everyone, especially children, so it is important to do your research and seek honest, practical advice about the options available,” she said.
The firm is also a member of the Dovetail Divorce Solutions network, which enables solicitors trained in collaborative law from across South and West Yorkshire to call on a financial adviser and divorce coach when necessary. By working together, the professionals help couples focus on the future, ensuring all parties remain calm and respectful during a separation.
Heathcote added: “Divorce litigation is expensive, lengthy and stressful and with basic court fees rising from £410 to £550 in April, never has it been more important to look for alternative ways to reach a settlement.”