One in ten divorcees feel the right help could have saved their marriage

Divorce enquiries at law firms traditionally surge on the first working Monday of the New Year—so much so that it has become known as Divorce Day.

More than 40 per cent of all marriages now end in divorce, reports the Office for National Statistics. And one in five married couples start thinking about separating during the post-Christmas period, according to research from leading law firm Irwin Mitchell.

But the stress of Christmas and the January blues isn't the only factor affecting the timing of divorces. Financial pressures figure increasingly in such decisions.

Are your parents getting divorced?

Three helpful things to know

 Seeing your parents argue can be upsetting. And it's worse if they are going through a divorce. Who will look after you? Who can you have contact with?

When your parents get a divorce

1. You can see each of your parents
You can have contact with both your parents, as long as it's the best thing for you. The amount of contact time you have with each parent needs to be agreed.

Thinking about getting divorced?

Three things to know if you're a parent

We all hope our relationships will last, but sometimes they don't.

Ending a relationship can be hard. And it will be harder if you have children.

Who will look after them? How much contact will you have with them?

When you get divorced

1. You can have contact with your child

As a parent, you can have contact with your child—as long as it's the best thing for them. Try to agree with your partner and child how much contact you have and when you spend time together.

One in five married couples consider separating in the New Year

Divorce enquiries at law firms traditionally surge on the first working Monday of the New Year—so much so that it has become known as Divorce Day.  

More than 40 per cent of all marriages now end in divorce, reports the Office for National Statistics. And one in five married couples start thinking about separating during the post-Christmas period, according to research from leading law firm Irwin Mitchell.

But the stress of Christmas and the January blues isn't the only factor affecting the timing of divorces. Financial pressures figure increasingly in such decisions.

How to find a barrister: new Direct Access portal opens

There are over 15,000 barristers practising law in England and Wales.

Barristers provide specialist advice and representation in legal disputes, including representing their clients in court cases.

Often, if you have instructed a solicitor or another type of lawyer, they will find and appoint a suitable barrister for you.

However, nowadays you can also approach many barristers directly to get help without needing to go through another lawyer first. This is known a 'Public Access', or 'Direct Access'.

What to do if you're not sure if the person you're dealing with is a barrister

As the regulator of barristers in England and Wales, it is the job of the Bar Standards Board to handle complaints against members of the Bar and take disciplinary action if appropriate. However, sometimes they learn of people who are deliberately pretending to be barristers when they are not – an act which is a serious criminal offence.