The start of a new year, and a new decade, is a time when many people look to make a fresh start. Whether that be setting yourself some New Year resolutions, joining a gym, de-cluttering or making bigger life changes such as moving house, starting a new career or separating from your partner.


With the commotion of Christmas, the chaos of a general election and constant cloud of Brexit lingering on the horizon many people have waited until the start of 2020 to make the first step to divorce or separate. Now that some certainty is restored (for the time-being at least) it is a good time to find out where you stand.


2020 is the ‘Year of the Rat’ in Chinese Astrology and is the first sign from the 12 animal cycles. For this reason 2020 is considered to be a year of new beginnings and renewals – perhaps a good time to make those changes and look ahead with positivity.


Why do people file for divorce in January?


Within our Family Department at Lamb Brooks, new enquiries about separation or divorce come in throughout the year, but often there is a noticeable spike in new separation enquiries with divorce lawyers across the UK in January.


There are many reasons why this could be – increased stress over Christmas, more time spent together, couples that were staying together for the children over Christmas, family disputes, financial stresses or simply a desire to finally make that long-awaited fresh start.


A new year will often see people taking that first step to formally separating which can be a difficult.

Meeting a divorce lawyer for the first time


There is no need to have concerns about meeting with a divorce lawyer and it is worth reminding yourself that they see people in similar circumstances to you every week.


At Lamb Brooks we offer a Fixed Fee appointment with one of our specialist Family Lawyers, giving you up to an hour and a half with an expert, followed by a detailed advice letter. The objective of the appointment is to assess your personal circumstances, answer any questions or concerns, give you bespoke advice and arm you with all the information that you need to move forward. This will include going through your options, the process, timescales and costs involved.


Next Steps


If you are considering divorce or have decided that 2020 is the year to move on with your life then please contact our friendly family team who can help guide your through the process. Call us on 01256 844888 or email enquiries@lambbrooks.com



Other Articles you may be interested in reading:

7 Tips for a Happy New Year After Divorce

Managing your Separation around Christmas Time

Looking for the Best Divorce Lawyer?

Coping with Christmas After Separation



The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice.  The law may have changed since this article was published.   Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice upon their own particular circumstances.