By Max Clarke
Divorce law firms around the country will be heading into work on January 3rd 2011 knowing that the next few weeks will be the busiest time of year for them, but not as busy as it has been.
The first working day after the festive break has become known as D-Day as thousands of unhappy couples decide that they need to make the break from their partners.
However, online divorce company divorce-online.co.uk believes that the number of couples wanting divorces will drop in 2011, despite seeing a 17% increase in new clients in 2010 and credits the colaition government for the drop.
The online divorce firm which undercuts traditional solicitors, reports that there was a very large increase in new clients (34%) in the first quarter of 2010, but when the general election was over and the coalition came into power, that growth in new clients slowed down during the summer and the expected surge after the school summer holidays never materialized as it had in the previous ten years of trading online.
Mark Keenan, Managing Director said “We were amazed at the growth of new divorce clients between January and April but after the coalition came to power it slowed down markedly and the traditional surge in new clients that has normally occurred in September just failed to materialize this year, and indeed was lower than in 2009."
“We believe that the forthcoming cuts that we will face in 2011 are either keeping couples together because of the financial uncertainty in individual families or people are simply putting off getting their divorce until they can be sure what their financial situation is going to be. It was like people were having one last spending party in 2009 but as soon as the reality of what was coming arrived, they have re evaluated what was important to them and are sticking together.”
Keenan also believes that the continuing uncertainly in the housing market is contributing to the decrease as people are unable to sell their houses and release equity for their settlements which is preventing them from filing their divorce cases.