Divorce lawyers in Birmingham have revealed that they are bracing themselves for a surge in business on their first week back at work after the Christmas break.
Solicitors at Irwin Mitchell dealt with a 25 per cent increase in marriage break up cases last January and are expecting a similar rise in enquiries about relationship splits next week.
Some of their clients have already booked appointments to begin instructions on divorcing their partners, seeing the New Year as an ideal opportunity to make a fresh start.
They also expect a high number of parents to contact them about problems they have experienced with their children over the festive period – including being blocked from seeing them by a former partner.
More than 100,000 couples across England and Wales get divorced every year.
In 2013 there were many high profile marriage break ups in 2013, including Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi and Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas.
But the law firm has not revealed whether they are dealing with any celebrity divorces.