Divorce enquiries have increased by over a fifth (42%) since lockdown measures were introduced across the UK, according to latest business insight from Co-op Legal Services.

Whilst for some families lockdown has been a rare and treasured time to spend together, for others the situation has prompted people perhaps already considering divorce, to make that final decision.

The family law provider usually prepares for an influx of enquiries from January, after what can be a difficult festive season for many households. However, since lockdown, the provider has seen enquiries increase by over two fifths, extending to three quarters (75%) for some weeks, when compared to the previous year.

Friday is the most common day for people to enquire about divorce followed by Tuesday, with the least common day being Sunday.

Co-op’s Head of Family Law believes lockdown measures have prompted couples who have been considering divorce for some time to take that step whilst they have more time on their hands.

Tracey Moloney, Head of Family Law at Co-op Legal Services, says:

“We know that divorce can be a difficult decision at any time, and often couples have already considered divorcing for a number of months and tried mediation before they begin the process. Currently, concerns about finances, employment, coupled with the fact that households are having to spend an increased amount of time together can add strain on relationships.

“However, divorce is life changing for all involved and so it’s really important that couples don’t go into divorce lightly and as a result of the current situation we find ourselves in.”


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