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About Lisa Holden

Email: [email protected] Tel: +44 (0)1258 488216 Lisa is a principal at Blanchards Bailey and head of their family law department. She is a collaborative lawyer and mediator and has more than 20 years' experience of dealing with relationship difficulties that include children or financial disputes. She uses a wide variety of skills she built over the years to help clients reach an end point from which they can rebuild their lives in their changed circumstances.

January sees surge in divorce enquiries

It’s a sad fact that in the UK, more people get divorced in January than any other month.

Filing for divorce in January is so popular that it is dubbed “Divorce Month” while the first working day back after the Christmas break is often known as “Divorce Day”. On top of this 42 per cent of all first marriages now end with a decree absolute.

The month is once again living up to its reputation as law firm Blanchards Bailey reports a surge in enquiries across Dorset.

The sharp rise of people contacting the legal firm reflects a national trend as people take stock and decide to make a fresh start in the New Year.

Lisa Holden, Principal and Head of Family Law, said: “New Year is naturally a time for reflection with many people struggling through a difficult festive period, often for the sake of children.

“We’ve found that appointments were being made in advance by people in early December as they were already planning to start the divorce after the holiday season, simply getting through Christmas before starting the process. We’ve seen that financial pressures are a main cause for conflict at this time of year.”

Blanchards Bailey assists people in every area of divorce, from child disputes to financial and business matters, as well as offering family mediation, collaborative law and advice on probate, wills, tax and estate planning.

Lisa added: “Our team is particularly experienced in assisting people who have a lot of assets to protect and our clients continue to trust our delivery of the best outcome for each situation.

“We understand that going through a divorce can be one of the most traumatic experiences for those concerned but we do our utmost to guide and support people through this difficult period. Our experience ensures you know exactly where you stand, what the best options are, the process and the costs involved.”

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