The first increase in divorce rates in a decade has put a smile on at least one face this year – solicitor-advocate Francis George has experienced the highest volume of divorce enquiries in January to date.
Monday, January 8 is colloquially known as D Day or Divorce Day. General internet searches for divorce doubled at the start of January as people sought to end their relationships following the festive period.
And in the first week of January, Swindon-based Francis George Solicitor-Advocate has been "inundated" with family work.
The company worked on as many as four emergency applications to force removal or to take custody of children or finances and has had a further three court cases in the first week.
Francis George said: "January is always our busiest time of year. Our stats show a significant increase in the number of enquiries and number of people who want to end their relationship following the festive period."
Francis George Solicitor-Advocate deals with all elements of family law, from the opening consultations to contesting matters in the Courts where required. They always seek to mediate and to resolve any cases with minimal cost to the client and the maximum benefit.
Francis has been placed on the shortlist for the sought-after Family Solicitor of the Year UK in 2018 award.
The company has also been added to the shortlist for Advocacy Solicitor of the Year UK in 2018.
Francis George also won Best Divorce Law Firm in 2017 in the internationally recognised Dispute Resolution Awards.
Francis said: “Being recognised by a company such as Finance Monthly rounds off what has been a spectacular 2017 for us, after celebrating 10 years in business.”