It's getting hot in here...now call the lawyer!

July 27, 2013

The hot and humid weather has been blamed for a rise in stormy relationships with divorce enquiries pouring in, according to a major law firm.

Figures released by The Co-operative Legal Services show enquiries from married couples seeking advice on splitting up have soared since temperatures have risen and storm clouds have gathered across the UK. Husbands and wives feeling ‘the heat’ have called and emailed the business with enquiries about the financial implications of parting, to who can expect custody of the kids.

Throughout July, the business has seen a 69 percent rise* in customers requesting professional legal advice on family law matters. Each year around 120,000 marriages will end in divorce**.

Christina Blacklaws, Director of Family Law, The Co-operative Legal Services, said: "We have seen a significant surge in enquiries to our family law team since the rise in temperatures and stormy weather across the country. For many couples, the storm clouds have gathered and during a heated argument problems in a relationship can come into sharp focus.

"Sadly, for many couples there is no turning back from such heated rows and many people choose not to forgive and forget but ring a lawyer.

"If people can't patch things up and they decide that they have to take some action, counselling can be a helpful first step. If it really is all over, mediation can help many people to amicably resolve all their issues on separation. Court should always be the last resort, although this is where many cases will end up."

The Co-operative Legal Services, which is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, offers a comprehensive range of family law services which includes divorce, child protection, mediation, pre-nuptials and financial issues.

For further information on the family law services provided by The Co-operative Legal Services visit www.co-operative.coop/legalservices or call 0844 728 0173.

Additional Information:

Interviews with Christina Blacklaws are available.

* 69 percent rise in phone call and web enquiry volumes between 26 June and 16 July compared to previous 6 week average in May/June.

** In 2010, 119,589 marriages ended in divorce while in 2011 the figure was 117,558 according to the Office for National Statistics:-http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/vsob1/divorces-in-england-and-wales/2011/stb-divorces-2011.html

The Co-operative Legal Services (CLS) was established in 2006 and, in 2012, became the first major consumer brand to be granted Alternative Business Structure (ABS) status. This means it is now authorised to offer a range of legal services to the public that were previously only available through private solicitors. The change means that consumers now have greater choice and access to legal advice than they ever had before.

In September 2012, it launched a new family law arm of its business, offering a comprehensive range of family law services which includes divorce, child protection, mediation and financial issues. In addition, The Co-operative Legal Services provides the following services to consumers: - will writing, conveyancing, employment law, probate and personal injury.

For further information visit www.co-operativelegalservices.co.uk 


Contact Information:

Craig Noonan
PR Business Lead – Non-Food
The Co-operative Group
Tel: 0161 767 4284
Mobile: 07702 505439