It's also one of the busiest days of the year for industries aimed at starting anew: debt consolidators, travel agencies and job hunting, The Times of London said.
"Christmas is not a cause of divorce but it is certainly a catalyst, and January is the busiest time of the year for us as a result," James Stewart, a partner at Manches, England's biggest family law firm, told the Times.
"Families who don't spend much time together ordinarily are forced to spend a lot of time together. It is an expensive time and financial difficulties can exacerbate existing tensions."
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