Why are couples more likely to split in January

The first working Monday back after the Christmas break is dubbed “Divorce Day” by lawyers who typically see an increase in couples considering divorce.

This year Divorce Day fell on Monday, January 7.

Support service Amicable says that more than 40,500 people will search “divorce” online in January, which is almost 25% higher than at any other time of the year.

The latest divorce figures, released last year, revealed the divorce rate for heterosexual couples in the UK was at a 45-year low, with 101,669 divorces of heterosexual couples in England and Wales.

According to the Office for National Statistics, there were 8.4 divorces of opposite-sex couples per 1,000 married men and women in 2017, representing the lowest rates since 1972 and a 5.6 per cent decrease since 2016.

According to the ONS figures, unreasonable behaviour was cited as the most common reason for both heterosexual and same-sex divorce.

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