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Press Release: Infidelity survival guide authors discuss 'Divorce Monday'

Hello and happy New Year!
Please see our first press release of the year below - it's about Divorce Monday, which is the term given to this first Monday after the New Year break, when there's a surge in online searches for the word 'DIVORCE'. Relationship experts and authors of The MANScript and the journal - My Freedom Diary & Journal, provide comment in the press release about the divorce rate, trends in divorces and relationship breakdowns, and coping strategies. Media copies of their books are available upon request. Over the coming weeks, if you're looking for experts to comment on relationship breakdowns, divorce and infidelity, please let us know so we can connect you with Julia Keys and Jacqui Coles. 
Helen Lewis
Director - Literally PR 

‘Happy' Divorce Monday: 6thJanuary 2020


Julia Keys and Jacqui Coles, co-authors of The MANScript and My Freedom Diary & Journal are available for media interviews, editorial


While divorce rates are reported to be the lowest they've been in 30 years*, a pattern has emerged to show that there is a surge in online searches for the word ‘divorce' in January. And lawyers across the country are in the midst of a busy day at the office, as today is known as ‘Divorce Monday', which is the first Monday back at work after the Christmas holiday season. The 6th January 2020 is flagged as the day when people will make the most enquires about divorce in the New Year. According to data analysed by divorce support service Amicable, more than 40,500 people will search "divorce" online in January**.

Julia Keys and Jacqui Coles, co-authors of best-selling infidelity survival guide, The MANScript, and the My Freedom Diary & Journal, explain why Divorce Monday is a ‘thing': Julia Keys says: "A New Year for many people signifies a desire to start afresh. Where there is unhappiness, the motivation to change is at its strongest at the turn of the year. If there are children involved, staying together at Christmas is important no matter how unhappy someone is, but the period immediately after Christmas (mentally) presents the very best time to break up as it allows a full year for change, before Christmas comes around again."


Jacqui Coles adds: "It's a hard decision to file for divorce anytime of the year. However, the pressures on a difficult relationship can become even more acute during periods of sustained close contact, in particular around Christmas time. Everybody is supposed to be happy and having a great time, but trying to pretend everything is OK can be very stressful!  Being together in a hot-house environment, with high expectations, can deliver the final nail in the coffin of a relationship that was already near breaking point."


Yet, despite Divorce Monday being on the horizon, divorce has more than halved since rates peaked in 1993, with fewer women filing for divorce after it soared in the 1960s.


Julia Keys says: "It is very hard to pin-point one specific reason as to why the divorce rate has dropped. There appears to be more equality within relationships amongst the younger generation. Many of them also witnessed and had been party to the effects of the high levels of marriage breakdown and divorce when they were young. 


"Age may have something to do with it as well.  People are living longer and when faced with the potential trials and tribulations of old age, facing it alone is a pretty daunting phenomenon."


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Jacqui Coles explains: "Equally, many of those who have been married for many years, may well be inclined to stick with it for a variety of reasons. Some of those might be economic; the financial crisis of the last ten years has impacted on many people. Money is short and the future uncertain, because of a changing world, including the issues such as the environment and Brexit. Regardless of whether individuals are unhappy, sometimes it all comes down to money. People can live with being unhappy if they have money, if they face having no or little money, face divorce and being unhappy too, then divorce may be a step too far. 


The co-authors conclude: "Of course, we would love to believe that it is improved communications between a couple that has led to a decrease in the divorce statistics. More people seek the help of a counsellor, including joint therapy, than ever before. This also indicates that there is an increased willingness to work at a marriage, rather than give up at the first hurdle. Counselling is no longer taboo. People are now realising that communication is the key to all good relationships."


Notes to Editors


Julia Keys and Jacqui Coles are available for media interviews and editorial opportunities. Press copies of The MANScript (May 2018, Hashtag Press) and the My Freedom Diary & Journal (November 2018, Hashtag Press) are available upon request.


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