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Why Monday is divorce day

IF YOU’RE back in the office this week and dealing with a deluge of work, thank the heavens you’re not a family lawyer.

January is apparently the most ‘popular’ month for couples to get divorced and Monday — ie the first working Monday of the new year — is unofficially known as ‘Divorce Monday’, when most people get in touch with solicitors to start proceedings.

If you’re worried about that rubbish gift and lack of Christmas card, or that you made your other half spend the festivities with your warring family, relax. Bryan Scant, a family solicitor at the Portsmouth office of law firm Coffin Mew (, says that although he ‘braces himself’ for a busy day on the eighth, ‘many January divorces are hangovers from the previous year, where couples have put off dealing with formalities over the Christmas period’.

He also believes, though, that people’s new year resolutions are partly responsible.

‘The age-old “New Year, New Start” approach has its part to play too,’ he says. ‘Anyone with a social media feed can see that people’s new year reinvention plans are almost inescapable.’

And here were we thinking a pact to do more exercise was brutal…