Divorce lawyers in Nottingham are preparing themselves for one of the busiest times of the year following miserable summer holidays for many couples.
Over 40 per cent of marriages end in divorce with September, following the summer holidays, and January following Christmas seeing the biggest number of separations.
Simon Leach, an expert in family law at Nottingham Family Law Group said the pattern was unlikely to change.
“When marriages are unstable it is often that one of the parties decide enough is enough following a holiday, which is when families should be having their highest quality time together,” he said.
“During the summer couples tend to have been in each other’s company more, and in September they take stock of whether the marriage is worth pursuing or not,” he added.
Divorces are no longer at the record high they were in the late part of the 20th century, but this is because of a rise in the amount of couples co-habiting together, who have decided not to marry.
“There is no set pattern to how marriages disintegrate,” added Mr Leach, whose firm are based in Canal Street in the city centre.
“Sometimes a failing marriage can limp on for many years before a decision is made and sometimes a break up can be swift,” he added. “However, it is unquestionable that there are times of the year where a relationship is in last chance saloon and that is why divorce lawyers in the region will find themselves very busy this month.”