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Divorce lawyers get ready for New Year rush

PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:55 05 October 2010

THE New Year is traditionally the busiest time for divorce lawyers as couples wait for children to return to school and the stressful festive season to be over before taking the plunge. A 26 per cent rise in divorce-related enquiries has been recorded by a national organisation of 200 law firms

By Mike Brooke

THE New Year is traditionally the busiest time for divorce lawyers as couples wait for children to return to school and the stressful festive season to be over before taking the plunge.

A 26 per cent rise in divorce-related enquiries has been recorded from July to November by a national organisation of 200 law firms.

Current enquiries are on average 11 per cent above this time last year, according to the 'Quality Solicitors' website.

"January is always typically the busiest time for divorce solicitors," said barrister Craig Holt, the website's chief executive.

"The volume of divorce cases dropped right across the country this year, due to the credit crunch.

"That was because couples were biding their time, conscious that dividing assets like the family home which is worth less than they once were might not be in their interests.

"But confidence has crept back into the property market in recent months, so that trend is changing.

"We now expect unparalleled levels in January as people who have been holding fire now take the hard decision to seek legal advice to pursue divorce."

The Quality Solicitors organisation is bracing itself for enquiries to double. It has taken on extra legally-trained case-handlers to cope with the demand for its 'find a solicitor' service.


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