D-Day approaches

Divorce lawyers in Forfar are bracing themselves for the busiest day of the year.

The Monday of the first full week back at work after Christmas is known as D-day in the industry – as this is the when the most people decide to seek advice or file for divorce.

This year, the date was January 7 (Monday), and Anne McKeown, family law solicitor at Thorntons, has explained that Christmas and New Year can see people make important decisions about their future.

She said: “The festive period can be quite a stressful time for many, as a demanding family schedule can leave people wanting to get back to work.

“One of the busiest times for the family law team is when people get back into their normal routine and, for some, the thought of another Christmas in their current situation is just not something they feel they could bear.

“Unfortunately unhappy couples can find the holiday season unpleasant as they are forced to spend more time together than usual.

Despite D-day looming, Anne is keen to urge people to look at all choices available to them before making a major decision about their future. She said: “While it is a difficult first step to take, you may find that the options available to you aren’t what you might expect.

“Although there may be some disagreements to resolve, finding a resolution to your difficulties might be possible through mediation or collaboration avenues and an experienced family lawyer will be able to assist you with any of these approaches.”