Today, the first working day after the Xmas/New Year break has become known (probably more by the media than by divorce lawyers themselves) as Divorce Day, or D-Day, the day on which more people commence divorce proceedings than any other.
According to the Express: "DIVORCE lawyers are bracing themselves for their busiest working day for 10 years today as the fallout from the recession is predicted to take its toll on thousands of couples." They go on: "This year industry insiders fear a 15 per cent increase in inquiries compared with last year as many rocky marriages fail to make it through the recent tough financial times intact."
The Telegraph joins in: "As thousands of couples decide that after yet another unfestive season, marked by rows, resentments and recriminations, it is time to call it a day on their marriages, divorce lawyers are gearing up for their busiest, most lucrative time of the year", although they then go on to say that it is not just lawyers who are profiting from divorce, but a whole new and burgeoning divorce industry, including divorce parties, divorce shows and divorce cakes (above).
My advice to any divorce lawyer whose phone won't stop ringing today: enjoy the good times while you can.