‘Tis the season for divorce – but perhaps we should think twice | Daisy Buchanan

Christmas is hard. Festive adverts are unreal. The in-laws can strain any relationship. So it’s worth seeing how January goes before calling in the lawyers

It’s the third day of Christmas, and we’ve hit the middle of the week in which it’s traditional to look at one’s true love, think “actually, I’m not sure you’re my true love at all” and apply for a decree nisi. Last year one legal firm predicted a 332% rise in divorce inquiries in January, compared with the preceding four months, with hundreds of thousands of people apparently gritting their teeth through Christmas and new year, in order to make it to the first working day of January, nicknamed “divorce day”, before ending their marriage.

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