With the United Kingdom having one of the highest divorce rates in the world, it was only a matter of time before lawyers started looking at ways to lure in unhappy couples.
The London law firm, Lloyd Platt & Company
is now offering vouchers to couples for half-hour or hour-long advice sessions with a lawyer.
According to Reuters
, the law firm normally charges about $530 per hour long session with a lawyer but the vouchers run at approximately $200 for a half-hour session.
The company has reportedly sold 60 of the vouchers since the start of the offer three weeks ago.
In an interview with the Telegraph
, senior partner Vanessa Lloyd Platt said, “Christmas can be a very stressful time for families as we have always seen by the huge increase of people seeking advice in January. The vouchers seem to appeal to an enormously wide spread spectrum of people looking for that ‘must have’ gift for Christmas.”
According to a study in 2007, "January 8th is the busiest day of the year for divorce lawyers when up to one in five couples will enquire about divorce after the pressures of Christmas", says Alltogether
, with enforced intimacy and the start of a new year being the main culprits. Financial issues at that time of year seem to be a problem as well with the average person in Britain spending almost $1000 on Christmas with most of that going on credit card or loan. The study also suggests that of those who divorce fewer than 40 per cent will be happier.
The organizer of National Marriage Week, Dave Percival said of the vouchers, “It’s typical ambulance chasing by lawyers who are doing this for business reasons. Anyone looking to buy this would be much better off paying for couples to get counselling,”reports the Telegraph.
But Ms Lloyd Platt has reportedly said, “We hope through the vouchers that we can offer clients all the practical options available to them, divorce being only one of the options.”