Every new year sees the same old recycling of the divorce myth. You can find it here, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/relationships/divorce/8988995/Judge-launches-foundation-to-reduce-disease-of-divorce.html,
and here, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16388496,
and even here, http://www.anglican-mainstream.net/2012/01/03/senior-judge-starts-campaign-to-mend-not-end-marriages/.
No, it's not lawyers who say that this is traditionally the busiest day for divorces, it's journalists who traditionally say it at this time every year. I confess that I'm now getting a little irritated by this. You see I don't believe that most people see divorce as an impulse buy. Rushing off in a temper to a solicitor is not something which people do. The solicitor is actually the last person who gets consulted. I suspect that family are first to hear the worst about a failing marriage. Close friends certainly get to hear early. It's only when other people who are close to a couple have said that they understand why there's a problem that one or other of them goes to see the solicitor. Many couples actually seek professional counselling before going to a lawyer, and so much the better. No, ending a relationship which was intended to be life long is a serious business and most people take it seriously.
Yes, I dare say I shall see plenty of new instructions before the month is out. Perhaps some of them result from disputes which came to a head during what was meant to be the festive period. However, there's no sign of a stampede yet today, just like all the previous years I've been doing this.