13 people filed for divorce on Christmas Day

Official figures reveal more than 400 people filed for divorce over the festive period. Thirteen people filed for divorce on Christmas Day.

HM Courts & Tribunals Service received 455 online divorce applications from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day.

Spouses seeking to end their marriage are now able to complete the entire process online by filling in applications, uploading required documents and paying fees on the internet without sending off any paperwork.

Statistics released by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) show more than 23,000 online divorce applications have been made since the platform was rolled out in England and Wales in April 2018.

Ammanda Major, head of clinical practice at charity Relate, said: “Many people hope that the festive period will be a time of coming together, so when this doesn’t happen the sense of failure and sadness can further exacerbate problems that were there in the first place.

“Pressures can build up when people are spending an extended period of time together.

“For some people it might be the additional financial pressure of Christmas that triggers a problem, while for others it could be the stress of trying to keep everyone from the in-laws to the children happy.

“At Relate, we typically see an increase in the number of requests for help in January, and it’s important to remember that relationship support and counselling can help people work through their problems.”

Overall, the MoJ said more than 150,000 people used online justice services in 2018, taking the total number past 300,000 in the past four years.



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