Queries about divorce and separation increased by 41% in the first working week of the new year at Sheffield solicitors, Taylor&Emmet LLP.
The firm took a total of 31 calls from local people wanting initial advice about the breakdown of a relationship, compared to a weekly average of 22 during 2015.
Similar increases were seen in email enquiries and traffic to the family law pages of Taylor&Emmet’s website, where visitors can also access information about the options open to divorcing couples.
Michaela Heathcote, Taylor&Emmet’s head of family law, said: “The Christmas period puts immense strain on relationships and as a consequence, we see enquiries about divorce and separation peak 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.”