Happy Divorce Day. Historically, the first back-to-work Monday after Christmas is the also the most popular time that us Brits call time on our marriages – so today, Monday 4th January, many divorce lawyers could expect to see an influx in enquiries.
But why? Some experts think it is because couples allow the Christmas period to be “make or break”, but also financial pressures and the result escalated arguments could be another reason. Nonetheless, the January spike tends to lay around the first week, when around double the usual number of enquiries regarding divorce lands at the doors of many solicitors. By the end of January the split-storm has usually settled down.
Apparently, according to an article in the Telegraph if you are a celebrity your chances of divorce significantly increase – by around twice the number of non-famous couples. The Marriage Foundation reasons this to be because the pressure to live a “fairy tale” when you are famous is even more so than the average member of the public and when it doesn’t work out, these divorces can hit even harder.
For couples using the New Year to make a fresh start, then making the divorce process as smooth as possible will be at the front of your mind – even more so if there are children involved. The very personal element of divorce too can be a major concern for couples, as there will be many years’ worth of finances, property and belongings to search through which is not only time consuming but can also be very heart-wrenching at a time when you can feel very emotional. Plus, there is the worry of eye-watering legal fees, but it doesn’t always have to end in tears.
The starting point for both parties is to talk. Communication is key if you decide to go through with divorce and you need to decide the best way forward. However, if this is not an option, you can also enlist the services of a mediator who will be able to help. The outcome needs to be a decider on a sensible, but fair, split of assets but any case’s main priority will be to minimise conflict.
If you or someone you know is planning for divorce in 2016 then we can help. Our trained lawyers have many years of expertise and are sensitive to the nature of every case, so why not give us a call today.