Divorce lawyers and financial advisers are seeing a 50 per cent increase in the number of enquiries amid the economic crisis.
Numbers have risen significantly as couples seek to reach an agreement before fears of a prolonged recession become a reality, they said.
Spouses with money are keen to sort out a deal while the value of their assets is low and those without concerned about missing out if their partners assets drop further in value.
It comes after Madonna - who reportedly has an estimated fortune of £275 million - separated from her husband Guy Richie this week, triggering what could be the biggest divorce payout by a female celebrity.
Traditionally, the busiest month for couples to get divorced is January when they realize after a fraught Christmas that they cannot continue their relationship any longer...
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