According to a family law specialist, the beginning of the new year will often see a spike in people looking to get divorced.

It has been suggested that the first working day each new year is the busiest for solicitors that deal with family law matters.

Accredited family law specialist Kelly Grigg set up Grigg’s Law in mid-Cornwall in 2020, having spent many years working for and heading up the family department at other legal firms in Cornwall and Plymouth.

Kelly said: "This time of year, after the stress and strain of Christmas and at the beginning of the new year, is when we see a spike in enquiries from clients who have decided to call time on their relationships.

"At what is a very stressful and emotional time, it’s sensible to get advice from a family solicitor to fully understand the options and processes involved so you feel informed and in control every step of the way.

"I understand that that every family is different.

"As a mother myself I recognise the difficulties faced by my clients.

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"I take pride in adopting a constructive and pragmatic approach in resolving family issues.

"Where possible aiming to avoid conflict by reaching out of court agreements as this is often the route with the most favourable outcome for all."

The Coronavirus pandemic has also played a part in the breakdown of relationships.

Google data highlighted this with an increase of up to 500% for divorce related search terms in December 2020 compared to the year before.

This December saw a further 25% increase in related searches online.

"The pandemic and lockdowns have put extra pressure on many couples," adds Kelly.

"It has put extra strain on their relationships as they were faced with so many uncertainties, financial concerns and spending so much time together at home."

Unsurprisingly, Kelly is a member of Resolution and a board member of Cornwall Resolution, which promotes a constructive approach to resolving family issues that considers the needs of the whole family, in particular the children.

Grigg’s Law offers a free, no obligation initial chat to anyone requiring family law advice.

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