Life under lockdown is putting many couples' relationships under strain and is driving more towards separation or divorce, according to specialist family lawyers at Goughs Solicitors.
Financial worries, furlough, working from home, juggling work with homeschooling, and added pressure on key workers has all put more strain on personal relationships, says the firm.
And with lockdown beginning to lift, more and more couple – including those whose relationships were already under strain – have been seeking legal advice.
The surge in enquiries has been exacerbated because many couples put off making life-changing decisions during the severest part of the lockdown, says the firm.
Matthew Drew, partner and head of the family division at Goughs, said: "The experience and knowledge of our family team in dealing with relationship breakdowns is vast.
"We understand the struggles people may be having, and can offer pragmatic advice to all manner of relationship situations.
"We can’t claim to be counsellors or therapists, but our experience does mean we understand the difficult time people are experiencing and are able to help them in taking steps towards a more positive future."