'Divorce Day' spike set to be lower this year as many troubled couples have already split due to Covid

TODAY’S traditional spike in divorce inquiries is set to be down — as many troubled couples are already splitting up.

The first working Monday in January is dubbed “Divorce Day” because marital problems often worsen over Christmas.

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But the Covid pandemic has already led to a huge rise in requests to divorce lawyers, with couples forced to live in close proximity for longer.

Co-op Legal Services said it recorded a 250 per cent rise in 2020 compared with the year before.

There was a big spike since the pandemic hit the UK in March.

Lawyer Edward Cooke, of Edward Cooke Family Law, said that inquiries trebled between June and October, although the figure was lower ­during lockdown itself.

He explained: “I don’t think ­people’s relationships are breaking down because of the pandemic.

"But people with pre-existing problems have seen the pandemic highlighting fissures.”

But he said many couples had ­also had the opportunity to work through problems during lockdown.

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