Today (4th January 2016) is ominously dubbed ‘Divorce Monday’ – the date when legal firms typically experience a surge in queries from spouses planning to break-up.
According to one recent poll, one in five married couples consider separating immediately after the festive period.
Gotelee traditionally sees a peak in enquiries from unhappy partners seeking divorce in early January, many of whom have waited until after the Christmas and New Year period before initiating a separation.
Helen Stuart, a Partner and family lawyer at Gotelee, said thoughts of a fresh start were often behind the glut of break-ups at this time of year.
“There is usually an increase in inquiries for legal assistance at the start of January, with many couples making the decision to go their separate ways having had time to reflect on their circumstances during the festive period,” she said.
“Financial pressures can also play a part, with post-Christmas money worries putting added strain on relationships.”
While the number of divorces in the UK have plateaued in recent years, 42 per cent of all marriages still end in separation, according to The Office for National Statistics.
Although divorce can be a difficult process, co-operation and the negotiation of an agreement fair to both individuals is of paramount importance. A swift conclusion to proceedings can make an emotionally-sensitive period easier to contend with and also brings significant financial benefit to both parties.
The emotional implications aside, settlement through the courts is an expensive remedy and one which Gotelee’s knowledgeable family law team can work with you to avoid.
“An amicable divorce is always the best outcome for any couple in such a situation,” said Helen Stuart. “And resolving disputes prior to resorting to court proceedings is always our priority.”
How can our divorce lawyers help you?
Gotelee’s lawyers, based in Ipswich, Hadleigh and Felixstowe, have years of experience and will ensure you receive appropriate guidance and practical support.
To find out more or to make a fixed fee appointment, call 01473 211121 or email [email protected]